Degree Requirements – MHSc
The MHSc Health Administration program is offered on a modular basis, concentrating class time into Wednesday evening, all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, five times in a four-month term or Block.
Starting in September each year, the Program consists of five consecutive Blocks. A full-time learner starting in September 2017 will complete the requirements of the Degree in the Spring of 2019.
Please note: The modular program is designed for “full-time” study while continuing full-time employment. There is no “part-time” option – all learners must progress through the program at the same pace (described below).
Timing of the Blocks is as follows for students entering the Program in September 2017:
|Block 1:||September 2017 – December 2017|
|Block 2:||January 2018 – April 2018|
|Block 3:||May 2018 – July 2018|
|Block 4:||September 2018 – December 2018|
|Block 5:||January 2019 – April 2019|
Four courses are taken in each Block. Each course counts as one-half credit. The Program requires 10 full credits.
Group and Problem-Based Learning Enhances Learning
Learning in the MHSc Program is competency-based and instruction takes a variety of formats allowing learners to explore and apply subject material with assistance and guidance from faculty. A primary feature of the Program is that the majority of the classroom time is devoted to small group activities that allow learners to develop the ability to use concepts, as opposed to simply learning about them.
All courses and the Program overall have clearly articulated learning objectives that, in combination, permit the learner to develop specific competencies.
Assignments and Class Participation
The modular format requires that assignments and class preparation work be completed between class meetings. The amount of time required varies with an individual’s study habits. A participant in this Program should expect to spend 25 hours per week for assignments and class preparation.
Fewer class sessions mean that attendance and participation are even more critical to the learning process. Assignments for credit are often done in class.
Class time is Wednesday evening (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), all day Thursday (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), all day Friday and Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
Practicum Broadens Learning Experience
The MHSc Program includes a practicum as a required component. The objective of the practicum is to broaden the student’s appreciation for, and skills in, managing health services organizations. Students evaluate, test and further develop their leadership competencies in a practical setting under the supervision and mentorship of a senior level executive in the host organization.
Practicum placements are arranged by the Program and specifically tailored to individual student needs given their past work experience and their specific learning and career objectives. Practica sites include: acute, rehab and mental health hospitals; community organizations; long-term care; government and government-related agencies; research organizations; voluntary organizations; and professional associations.
The practicum is usually completed as a fulltime placement in Block 3, 4 or 5. It requires a minimum of 8 weeks (320 hours) and equals one full course equivalent (FCE). Students have an option to extend it to 12 weeks (480 hours) and earn an additional half credit. If exceptional circumstances prevent the student from engaging in a work placement, the student can meet the requirements of the practicum by completing a project.