Bachelor of Health Administration

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 24 credits.

Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 21 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to

  • provide leadership for all areas of health services organization.
  • use effective verbal and written communication strategies in management.
  • demonstrate an understanding of communication processes and techniques.
  • demonstrate knowledge of administrative principles and theory in the public and private sectors.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the financial and managerial concepts of non-profit organizations.
  • exhibit a broad overview of the health-care field and health issues, and explore the nature and causes of major health-care problems.
  • be responsive to the needs of the consumer and promote and influence positive relations with all stakeholders.
  • effectively manage and allocate human, financial and information resources.
  • effectively assess and analyze problem-solving methods.
  • assess, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate organizational objectives.
  • provide direction and guidance in setting professional, legal and ethical standards that have an impact on the organization.
  • manage and supervise the human resources divisions of organizations.
  • develop strategies to work with government agencies.
  • be an effective communicator for handling grievances and negotiations.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Canadian legal framework and the organization and delivery of health-care in Canada.
  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of health-care economic principles and an understanding of how to apply them in the health-care decision-making process.

Possible Career Options

  • Health-Care Administrator/Hospital Administrator for rural hospitals or community health clinics/centres all across Canada
  • Administrator/Manager for long-term care facilities/nursing homes
  • middle management-level positions at large hospitals/health regions
  • Administrator/Manager at mental health facilities
  • provincial government’s departments of health and social services
  • Government of Canada departments of health and national defence
  • private health-care facilities and long-term care facilities
  • large and small consultant agencies in Canada as well as abroad
  • international organizations in Canada as well as in the world, such as WHO, CARE, World Vision, CIDA and CUSO
  • religious organizations across the world

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • graduate studies in health administration, population health, public and community health, health education, and environmental and occupational health and safety
  • post-graduate diploma in risk management
  • law
  • library science
  • journalism
  • education

* Some universities will not accept a three-year degree for admittance into a graduate program. An additional year of study may be required. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other universities.


Updated August 17 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations