Diploma in Integrated Disability Management

Background and Purpose

Our Diploma in Integrated Disability Management is designed for professionals and practitioners working in the field of disability management, or who are seeking to pursue disability management as a career option. Students come into this diploma program with an academic background in a related discipline as well as with prior workplace experience.

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A DIDM is a management tool aimed at the mitigation of workplace illness and injury, as well as prevention. Disability management practitioners require the technical, interpersonal, and business-related skills to be able to competently practice in the field of disability management. The DIDM provides students with the knowledge and tools required to develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate a workplace Integrated Disability Management program.

The demand for competent disability management practitioners is on the rise. Employers, regardless of the size of their organizations, are looking for guidance and assistance in the management of employee illness and injury, as well as the mitigation of related costs. In today’s competitive marketplace, disability management practitioners must bring not just life experience and motivation to the job, but they must also bring real, tangible educational credentials and skills.

The Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program’s online curriculum will challenge you academically, develop you professionally, and prepare you for further career opportunities as they become available.

What does a Diploma in Integrated Disability Management Student look like?

Most disability management practitioners work in the field with little or no formal education in disability management. Once involved, they quickly realize that they need more knowledge and skills to be able to effectively assist management, unions, and employees. Our Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program is designed to provide comprehensive learning that can readily be applied to the workplace.

Common practitioners/students include:

  • Occupational Health Nurses and Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Occupational Health Physicians and General Medical Practitioners
  • Lawyers
  • Occupational Health & Safety practitioners
  • Human Resources practitioners
  • Insurance (private and public insurers) practitioners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Ergonomists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Employee Assistance Program counsellors
  • Return-to-work Coordinators
  • Claim administrators
  • Case managers
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Union leaders
  • Management personnel
  • Insurance-carrier staff
  • Individuals wishing to pursue any of the listed careers, or desiring to make a career change

What will I gain?

Our Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program not only adds to your existing Disability Management knowledge and skills it also increases your critical thinking skills, and helps position you to assume a leadership role within your workplace, and in the field of disability management.

The program addresses the requisite skills needed by disability management practitioners, such as:

  • Communication and interviewing skills
  • Leadership
  • Case and claim management
  • Return-to-work planning
  • Consulting
  • Project management
  • Risk management and risk communication
  • Outsourcing
  • Program evaluation and improvement
  • Career development
  • And more

Interested in your CRSP Designation?

The University of Fredericton (UFred) is excited to offer an innovative CRSP Pathway to students seeking to obtain the CRSP designation. Students would enrol in the Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Management (CHSEP) and then proceed through the Diploma in Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM). UFred has mapped current educational offerings to meet the requirements of the CRSP, which came into effect July 1, 2018, and will continue with future competencies and degrees.

The Online Experience

Our Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program requires applicants to have access to a computer with an internet connection, and headset with microphone. A working knowledge of MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, and Internet use is required. The course is taught in English, therefore, students are required to have a relatively strong understanding of the English language and business writing.

This is an applied program, and as such, students are expected to demonstrate how the integrated disability management concepts apply to the workplace and the organizational environment.

Students can expect:

  • Courses that are 8 weeks in length and operate similarly to a traditional classroom setting, except that classes are online.
  • Virtual classes (vClasses) that are scheduled at the same time in the evening each week for 8 weeks, and last approximately 60-90 minutes.
  • Opportunity during class to communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates.
  • Interaction with fellow students is enabled through chat rooms, discussion boards and live synchronous sessions.
  • Weekly assignments and readings which may require a further 4-6 hours per week.
  • 24 hour a day, 7 days a week access to resources via the online UFred campus.


Students can expect to complete our Diploma in Integrated Disability Management in about 18 months, assuming they enroll in one course at a time. Students may choose to take two courses per session if available and provided prerequisites requirements have been met.

Prior Learning Assessments

Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, potential participants of the Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program have an opportunity to receive acknowledged course completion for related previous learning.

Read more about PLAs and whether or not you may be eligible



Program Outline and Courses

Our diploma program is designed to be skill-based learning. The core courses are integral to competent practice in the field of Disability Management. Our Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program has seven core courses, including a guided practicum, and one elective.

IDMP 311 – Disability Management Introduction

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course introduces an interdisciplinary approach to the concepts and practices of disability management, and addresses how to design, implement, and market an effective integrated disability management program.

IDMP 312 – Disability Management Essential Program Elements

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course builds on the materials addressed in IDMP 311 and covers topics such as OH&S professionals – their roles and contributions to disability management, an overview of ergonomics, stakeholder education and training in disability management (2 sessions), joint labour-management support and involvement in an integrated disability management program, advanced program evaluation, legal aspects (an advanced perspective) of disability management, and effective workplace attendance support and assistance programs.

(prerequisite IDMP 311)

IDMP 313 – Advanced Concepts and Tools

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course builds on the materials addressed in IDMP 311 and IDMP 312, and addresses topics such as risk management and risk communication in disability management, project management, outsourcing disability management services/programs, internal/external consulting in disability management, developing new or integrating existing disability management programs, prevention strategies, and toxic workplaces – how to neutralize them.

IDMP 314 – Disability Management Professional Practice

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course builds on the materials addressed in IDMP 311, IDMP 312, and IDMP 313, and covers topics such as the impact of cultural diversity on disability management practices, the impact of four generations in the workplace on disability management practices, the management of mental health disabilities, management of disability claims with strong psychosocial overtones (2 sessions), IDMP – best practices, disability management practitioners – career development, and Disability Management – professionalism and certification. Participants will also be expected to deliver a 15-minute presentation to the class on a selected researched topic. This approach lends well to the inclusion of discussions on some of the lesser topics in disability management.

(prerequisite IDMP 313)

IDMP 315 – Effective Communication and Interviewing

Effective disability management relies on open communication and the understanding of complex personal dynamics. Through effective communication and advanced interviewing skills disability managers gain critical insight into case dynamics. This course focuses on developing those important communication channels and instilling individuals with the necessary interviewing skills.

IDMP 511 – Disability Management Guided Practicum

The Guided Practicum is a requirement for completion of the Integrated Disability Management Professional Diploma Program at the University of Fredericton. This exercise requires learners to demonstrate specific research and writing skills in synthesizing prior learning from the Integrated Disability Management Diploma program courses, as well as other information they may choose to incorporate in their work.

The Guided Practicum enables learners to produce a practical, relevant program for application in their own unique working environment, or to contribute, through research or development, a new product or service to the field of Disability Management. Whether in clinical practice, a staff position, management, or self-employment role, the Guided Practicum is adaptable to the learner’s particular circumstances and needs.

(prerequisite IDMP 314)

SHEM 113 – Psycho-Social Hazards

Taught from the perspective of a senior social worker, this course has been adapted from one taught by this instructor at Dalhousie University over the years. Although highlighting many of the normal elements of the subject, the social orientation of the content is refreshing, and helps students understand the subject from a more human, less sterile perspective.

Diploma Elective Courses

(Select One)

ERG 112 – Ergonomics Foundations

Ergonomics is concerned with the design of systems to optimize human well being as well as the system. Yet many Occupational Health and Safety practitioners are often faced with ergonomics issues as they deal with negative outcomes from poor physical design of workstations and workplaces. This course will focus on the issues that may arise from un-ergonomic design of the workplace. The primary concern of the course will be on preventing work related musculoskeletal disorders such as back injuries and upper extremity repetitive strain injuries.

SHEM 111 – Organizational Dynamics

Understanding the nature of work and organizational dynamics is the foundation for leadership, change and high performance. Although this topic has been well studied, the elements that separate high performing organizations from low performing ones still remains elusive. This course will walk through the nature of work and ask the fundamental “why” do organizations exist in their current structure and how to leverage that knowledge in every aspect of management. This course looks at organizations from their outermost structures through to their innermost inherent beliefs that guide behaviors and create culture. This course offers students an opportunity to be exposed to a number of topics related to Organizational Dynamics and provides an understanding of Organizational Behaviour

SHEM 224 – Canadian OHS Law

Taught by Canada’s leading OHS lawyer, this Course will provide students with an excellent Introduction to Canadian Health & Safety Law. Students will learn the essential elements of the Canadian legal system, it application to OHS law, and the setting, communication and enforcement of OHS legal standards. Case studies, practical application of the law, and understanding how the law relates to OHS management systems will all be important themes throughout all the course modules. A review of the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal code will also be covered.

Upcoming Start Dates

Application Deadline Course Start
April 6, 2020 May 4, 2020
July 31, 2020 August 31, 2020

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