University Diploma in Health Administration

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 30 credits.

Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 0 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

The University Certificate in Health Administration program is the only 60-credit university certificate program offered at Athabasca University. The foundation for this program is based on the skills and competencies identified by the Canadian College of Health Services Executives (CCHSE). The CCHSE is a professional association made up of health services executives, managers, academics and administrative staff. The vision and mission of the CCHSE is improved health for Canadians through promotion of management excellence, public policy influence and innovative collaboration. The key competencies that the CCHSE has identified as the critical knowledge and skills required to perform as an effective health services manager have made their way into the program learning outcomes of the University Certificate: Health Development Administration.  

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

  • provide leadership for all areas of health services organization.
  • execute effective verbal and written communication strategies in management.
  • demonstrate an understanding of communication processes and techniques.
  • demonstrate knowledge of administrative principles and theory in public and private sectors.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the financial and managerial concepts of non-profit organizations.
  • convey 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 solutions.
  • 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 human resources divisions within organizations.
  • develop strategies to work with government agencies.
  • be an effective communicator for grievance handling 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 these in the health-care decision-making process.

Possible Career Options

  • Health Care Administrator/Hospital Administrator for rural hospitals or community health clinics/centres in Canada
  • Administrator/Manager for long-term care facilities/nursing homes
  • middle management-level positions at large hospitals/health regions
  • Administrator/Manager at mental health facility
  • private health-care facilities and long-term care facilities

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

Updated August 17 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations