Lymphedema and Chronic Edema Management

Online Micro Course for Health Professionals

University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

ENROLL NOW for next course offering: September 16 – October 25, 2024


This series of educational modules presents an in-depth, expert-facilitated overview of key topics in lymphedema and chronic edema management, across practice settings from pediatrics to elder care. This course consists of four modules covering the following clinically relevant topics including:

(Module 1) differential diagnosis and complex measurements in lymphedema,

(Module 2) lymphedema across the lifespan, with consideration of quality of life and patient-centred care,

(Module 3) research and advanced treatment approaches, and

(Module 4) application through case scenarios.

This professional learning course offers a high quality educational experience for healthcare professionals working in Canada and abroad.

Contribution to Lymphedema and Edema Education

Contribution to Lymphedema and Edema Education: this course is being offered as an introduction for any generalist healthcare clinicians who may see individuals experiencing lymphedema or chronic edema. This course will provide learners with a comprehensive overview of the complex aspects of lymphedema and chronic edema and present clinical management approaches for these conditions.

Topics covered in depth are: the lymphatic system, emergent research and practice including surgery, other types of measures, and case studies from pediatrics to end-of-life care. Also included are expert presentations, including insight into how they formulate assessment and intervention plans.

This course sets the framework for hands-on courses and clinical practice. This professional education course does not replace nor does it serve as a CLT certification course. 

Instruction and Module Design

Instruction and Module Design: This online course includes four learning modules delivered asynchronously over a six-week time frame. Learners work through the modules at their own pace. Modules include knowledge-checks and tailored learning activities to ensure that learning goals are being met throughout the course

Guest Lectures

Guest Lectures: Participants will have the opportunity to learn from well-known experts including Dr. Stanley Rockson, Dr. Margie McNeely, Dr. Melissa Aldrich, Dr. David Keast, Dr. Anna Towers, Dr. Catherine McCuaig, Dr. Vaughan Keeley, Dr. Siba Haykal, Dr. Elizabeth Dylke, Ms. Heather Watt, and Ms. Mona Al Onazi.

Course Format

The course is approximately 1 credit equivalent (13 content hours).  However you should expect to spend somewhere between 18-35 total hours on the course (varies depending on the individual). We do equate the course on the high end of that and 35 educational hours appear on the digital certificates that are issued after course completion

Course Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between types of edema, explain different measurements for lymphedema/chronic edema, and be more familiar with the quality of life considerations associated with chronic edema.
  • Appreciate the timeline of lymphedema, the impacts of lymphedema at major stages in life (pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric), and have more awareness of the comorbid issues that may impact individuals with lymphedema in different age brackets.
  • Approach lymphedema care from a person-centred perspective.
  • Understand current practice and advanced research, clinical, and surgical interventions in lymphedema management from a Canadian perspective

$350 Course Fee


This course was developed and is offered through a collaboration between the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Professional Development, the Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF), and with the support of a Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship.

This course received educational grants from Essity and Juzo.

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