Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences offers first degree program

October 15, 2014

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences launched its first degree program this fall, the culmination of a decade of work for President Wolfgang Zimmerman. The degree—a bachelor’s in disability management—is, according to Zimmerman, unique in the world. This offering further distinguishes the institution, which has previously offered workplace safety education through North Island College, in collaboration with Continuing Studies at UBC. “There is no dedicated university anywhere in the world that is focusing exclusively on all aspects of workplace health. You have bits and pieces of this entire field at various universities … We wanted to take an integrated approach to all aspects of workplace health,” Zimmerman told the Vancouver Sun. The not-for-profit university is located in Port Alberni, BC, but the institution offers students a blended model similar to that of Royal Roads University, with much of the instruction taking place online. Vancouver Sun | Alberni Valley News