MHSc Program Overview

The MHSc Health Administration concentrates on developing the knowledge and skills required by today’s health leaders who need a deeper understanding of all the elements of health management and leadership in order to progress. The Program focuses on the unique needs and constraints of the health sector and maintains a balance between scholarly knowledge and professional expertise. In 2014, the MHSc Program was awarded seven years accreditation for excellence by the Accrediting Commission for Health Services Education.

A key feature and major advantage of the Program is that participants need not interrupt their careers to pursue the degree.  They complete the requirements of the Program in two academic years. Classmates include managers and professionals from all segments of the health sector, both public and private, promoting cooperation and sharing of skills and knowledge in a challenging and interactive learning environment.

Learning in the program is competency based and employs various formats, allowing students to explore and apply subject material with the guidance of faculty. The majority of class time is devoted to small group activities so that students and put concepts into practice. Learning outcomes are clearly articulated to permit students to develop specific leadership competencies. The program has a comprehensive evaluation and feedback mechanism that allows instructors, courses and the program to benefit from ongoing improvement.

Areas of study include organizational and management theory, strategy, leadership, marketing, political science and policy, economics, accounting and finance, information management, health law and ethics, operations research, and quantitative methods.

There are over 1800 graduates of the Program holding a variety of key management and policy positions across Canada.

Learning on Your Schedule:  The Modular Format

The modular format concentrates class time into Wednesday evening and all-day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, five times in a four-month term or block. Each year, the program starts in September and consists of five consecutive blocks, each lasting approximately four months. For example, a full-time learner starting in September 2020 will complete the requirements of the degree in the spring of 2022.

The modular format requires that assignments and class preparation work be completed between class meetings. How much time that will require varies with an individual’s study habits.  A student in this program should expect to spend 25 hours per week for assignments and class preparation.

Program Timeline

Year One
Block 1 September  – December
Block 2 January  – April
Block 3 May  – July
Vacation August
Year Two
Block 4 September  – December
Block 5 January  – April