Substance Use Health and Wellbeing

Attention to substance use health and wellbeing is growing among the Canadian public, health practitioners, and service providers.

Professionals in public health and related disciplines require enhanced training opportunities that deepen knowledge and bridge the gaps between the latest evidence-based understanding of substance use health, and professional policy and practice.


The Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Health and Wellbeing at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), offered by the School of Public Health, will bolster your professional understanding of this area, and will empower you to assist health systems change that may have a tangible impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities in the province and across Canada.

The certificate is open to students and professionals from allied health fields, including medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry, psychology, and law, and for those who want to advance their competency in recognizing substance-related health outcomes spanning through policy, research, and medical practice standards.

The certificate program consists of 12 credit units.

Application deadlines

You are highly encouraged to gather and submit all supporting documents as quickly as possible to ensure an admission review and decision is reached in a timely manner. Incomplete applications missing supporting documents will not be reviewed.

Deadline to apply for Fall 2024: February 1, 2024

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e., 60 credit units), where applicable
  • A four-year degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study OR a diploma in a human services field and at least two-years of working experience OR one year of post-secondary training and at least three-years of working experience OR Five-years of working experience in a human service field. Applicants will be considered using a holistic admissions approach and should demonstrate a strong potential for success in the program through previous education and/or work experience
  • A two-page letter of intent outlining how their work and personal experience prepares them for successful performance in the certificate program
  • Current CV or resume

Contact us 

For further information on the Substance Use Health and Wellbeing Certificate contact

School of Public Health
5D40 Health Sciences
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Programs Assistant
Jackie Hendrickx

Assistant Professor, SPH, USask
Dr. Barb Fornssler