Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership & Coaching

O'hehir University

Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Coaching

The O’Hehir University Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Coaching builds on the communication skills developed in the Bachelor’s Degree program and is aligned with the Postgraduate Certificate in Writing, Facilitating and Presenting.   This certificate is designed for 21st century dental hygienists and dental therapists who are looking to become leaders within the dental office and for those wishing to lead and coach outside of the dental office.

We will assist you in identifying and developing your own leadership philosophy.

It is a stand-alone certificate or can be part of the three-certificate-based OHU Master’s Degree Program

Meet Carla Ofstie BSc, RDH who was in the beta class for this course.  Carla is a clinical development manager for Dentalcorp where she provides education and support to dental professionals to optimise clinical growth and enhance patient care.

Carla’s leadership philosophy is centred on developing relationships.

For Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists


Our Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Coaching is open to licensed or registered dental hygienists who hold our bachelor’s degree.  For dental hygienists or dental therapists holding an associate’s degree or diploma and requiring a bachelor’s degree, we would recommend taking the O’Hehir University Bachelors Degree in Oral Health Promotion prior to undertaking this certificate.  Here is a link for further information on our bachelor’s degree

It is also not necessary to currently be in clinical practice to. 

Convenient Times

Class Times

Classes are Sunday mornings 10am EST (USA), 2pm (Central Europe), 3pm (UK).

The next class will begin on Sunday 10th September 2023

Six Months

Program Length

All classes start when full (5 students) meeting for one hour in a video conference weekly and run for six months. 



Tuition for the Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Coaching Program is $2,449.00 (US).  A 6-month payment plan is available including a finance charge. Payments begin when the class starts.

Student Population


Our students come from all over the world. If you have an internet connection, then you will be able to successfully participate in this program.

Meet Sabrina Cooper BS, RDH, who was in the beta class for this course.  Sabrina is a dental hygienist and certified culinary nutritionist.  Amongst many things, she runs her own business called Nourish Well.

Sabrina’s leadership philosophy is centred around inspiring her patient’s and client’s

Read more about Sabrina here

Behaviour Change Experts

Why OHU?

We are advocates for dental hygienists and dental therapists.

During the past 10 years we have graduated over 300 dental hygienists from all over the world, from our BS Degree Completion Program from all over the world.  They have all produced a research paper based on oral health promotion and behaviour change and shared with us their own experience and expertise.  The university has taken all of this new knowledge and developed our own behaviour change philosophy which we call Guided Behaviour Change (GBC).

GBC Word Cloud

We are implementing GBC into our new program and successfully taking behaviour change to the next level and creating a team of OHU trained oral health experts who will lead and coach healthcare teams, whether that be in or out of the ‘operatory’.

This could be you!

Continuing Support

OHU Leading & Coaching Community

After completing the certificate we want you to remain part of our community where you will be able to stay updated and seek advice and guidance from fellow graduates and faculty.  We know from experience that your education doesn’t end when you graduate, this is when it really begins and we want to support you throughout your chosen journey – the Next Generation of You.


Growth and Development

As an OHU Certificate holder you will  have access to the Leading and Coaching Community and the opportunity to work with an OHU trained mentor currently in a leadership and/or coaching role.

As you progress in your career, you may become that mentor.

Meet Roma Czech BSc, RDH who was in the beta class for this course.  Roma has her own independent dental hygiene practice in Ontario, Canada.  Amongst many things, she mentors dental hygienists who are hoping to go into independent practice.

Roma’s leadership philosophy is centred around collaboration.

Read more about Roma here

Reserve a spot

How do I apply?

This program started in January 2023.

The next class will start on 10th September 2023 at 10am EST (USA), 2pm (Central Europe), 3pm (UK).

Please click on the apply button above to reserve a spot or if you have questions, please email:

Still have questions?


Who would benefit from this course?

Dental hygienists and dental therapists are increasingly being given opportunities and responsibilities that involve coaching and leading teams.  This may be within a dental office environment, a dental corporation, teaching, research, and for those who are running their own business within dentistry or moving into an allied field such as oral myology or nutrition.  This certificate would suit anyone doing this or anyone aspiring to do this and would give them the appropriate skills. 

We would love to see an ambitious dental hygienist in a dental team announce to the clinical director,  “I’m taking a certificate in leadership and coaching.”  How cool would that be?

What does the program look like?

A current postgraduate class with a guest alumni Lanita Gautier, Strategic Accounts Manager VOCO America in a Q&A session

Students are assigned to a cohort of five students meeting weekly for one hour in virtual video conference calls.  We do not take a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to education nor do we attempt to fill your head with facts, principles and useless ideology. 

What does a good leader look like?

Everyone has it in them to be a coach and a leader.  Many, without realising, are already doing this.  We will help you realise this and your potential.  Central to this is your ability to change and your ability to change the behaviour of others.

We appreciate that everyone is at a different stage in their education and life and all have unique experiences and knowledge.  We use this to take you on a journey of self-discovery by examining your own value/belief system and challenge current myths through discussion, mentoring and peer review.

The classes are guided by very experienced faculty who helps each student determine their own leadership and coaching goals and facilitates achieving those goals.  The desired outcome of the course will be unique to each student and success is determined by the student, their peers and faculty.

We also invite our Alumni who are in leadership and coaching roles to participate from time to time.

How do I achieve success?

Students demonstrate that they have met their own self-determined goals.  Many options are available to achieve success in this course with the result that it would be something that will benefit the student’s leadership and coaching ambitions.  The more creative, the better…

Here’s an example of a final assignment from the beta class

What are the technical requirements?

To participate in this program, you will need:

  • PC or Mac
  • Access to the internet
  • A webcam
  • Word processing software – Microsoft Word or Mac Pages

What is the OHU community like?

O’Hehir University is an international institution and we have a diverse cultural community within our Alumni.  We have graduates from many countries and many have made international friends who they visit in the real and non-virtual world.

Being online, there are no walls so students are part of a vast and diverse community spanning the globe.  Besides O’Hehir University founders and instructors, student-to-student and alumni-to-student mentorship is an important part of the OHU educational experience.  Students are able to connect online one-on-one at any time to gain advice, discuss lessons or experiences, and work together.

Below are some of our graduates.