Healthy Eating, Active Living, Sports
What is a SHSM?
A Specialist High Skills Major is a program that allows students to focus their courses on a career path that matches their interests and individual skills.
It is expected that many H.E.A.L.S. students will have an interest in sports, fitness activities, nutrition, preventive medicine, first aid, mental health, caring for others and the healthy lifestyle balance that creates overall wellness.
What courses do you take?
- 4 Health & Wellness "Major" credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12
- 3 supporting credits in English, Math, Science, Social Science or Family Studies in Grade 11 or 12 that will be delivered with a focus in the health and wellness sector.
- 2 credits in Cooperative Education (Fall / Winter / Summer)
Health and Wellness Major refers to required credits listed in the "Pathways" chart that are specific to H.E.A.L.S. Several of these Majors are Physical Education courses. Other Majors may be Science or Social Science / Family Studies courses depending on the pathway.
Students will need to build their timetable in consultation with their Guidance Counsellor in order to meet all the H.E.A.L.S. requirements.
Students will complete 4 compulsory certifications that are specific to the health and wellness sector:
- Standard First Aid
- CPR 'C' Training
- Infection Control
Students will also have the opportunity to complete 3 or more sector recognized elective certifications.
Reach Ahead Experiences
These experiences enable students to make informed choices about future careers or post-secondary destinations in the health and wellness sector. Experiences can range from interviewing an employee to visiting an apprenticeship facility to attending college or university classes. Some Dual Credit programs at community colleges may also be available.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
These planned learning activities take place outside of the traditional classroom and can include: job-shadowing, job-twinning, work experiences or field trips.
Possible Career Paths
Apprenticeship: Coach, Event Planner, Early Childhood Educator, Child and Youth Worker, Gym Manager, Fitness Instructor
College: Paramedic, Practical Nurse, Dental Hygienist, Massage Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Social Worker, Funeral Director
University: Medical Doctor, Chiropractor, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist, Dentist, Teacher, Kinesiologist, Dietician, Psychiatrist
Workplace: Certified Personal Trainer, Lifeguard, Fitness Instructor, Hospital Porter, Recreation Program Leader
For more information about the Humberview Health & Wellness SHSM,
contact Mr. Campbell at ext. 539 or the Guidance Department.
Ministry of Education SHSM Health & Wellness website: