Master of Health Studies

At a glance

  • Credential: master's degree
  • Credits: 33
  • Next start: see program details

Prepare for a leadership position in the health system with Athabasca University’s Master of Health Studies. This online program will give you the skills to discern emerging trends and provide leadership to health systems and organizations.

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About Master of Health Studies

Elevate your healthcare career with Athabasca University's Master of Health Studies, a fully online program designed for today's health professionals. You'll gain the skills to navigate emerging trends in health care, leading in areas like planning, implementation, and policy development. Whether you're interested in honing your management abilities or exploring a teaching focus, this program prepares you to tackle the evolving challenges in the health system confidently.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements include a 4-year health-related baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA), or a 4-year non-health-related credential and experience in the healthcare field.

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Program details


Prepare for a leadership position in the health system with Athabasca University's Master of Health Studies. This online program will give you the skills to anticipate future directions in health services, and provide leadership in:

  • planning
  • implementation
  • evaluation
  • change management
  • policy development

You will also learn how to develop successful research and project proposals. If you're interested in teaching, a teaching focus route is available.

Why take the Master of Health Studies?

The rapid pace of change in health services requires health professionals to be leaders, equipped to address new challenges. The MHS will prepare you to take on these challenges.

Application deadlines and start dates

Application deadline Start date
March 1 Sept.
July 1 Jan.
Nov. 1 May

The Master of Health Studies is a 33-credit online graduate program. You must complete at least 18 credits through Athabasca University.

There are 3 intakes each year: in Sept., Jan. and May.

Application deadlines

All courses are online grouped study, with defined start and end dates.

Routes and options

You can choose from a course or thesis-based route with the option of a teaching or leadership focus. A health research focus is also available in the course-based route only.

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Completion times

You can take up to 7 years to complete all requirements.

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