MHSc Program Curriculum

The curriculum for the MHSc Health Administration program stems from its mission to prepare individuals for leadership in complex and dynamic health care environments. All courses have clearly articulated learning objectives, which are based on the competencies viewed as necessary to leading in these environments. The 26 competencies of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Health Leadership Competencies Model provide the framework for these objectives and for curriculum development. The NCHL Health Leadership Competency Model™ delineates outstanding leadership at three stages – entry, mid-level, and advanced.

The Program’s curriculum is designed so that all graduating students will have reached the mid-level stage for each of the full group of 26 competencies. Although the curriculum covers all 26 NCHL competencies, the Program gives particular emphasis to 14 of the 26 that most closely reflect its mission and the views of stakeholders.

 Accountability Achievement orientation Change leadership
 Collaboration  Communication skills  Financial Skills
 Impact and influence  Innovative thinking  Organizational awareness
 Professionalism  Self-confidence  Strategic orientation
Talent development Team leadership

Taken together, these 14 competencies demonstrate the importance of credibility, creativity, and the ability to engage and motivate in complex and dynamic health care environments. Equally important, they respond to students’ and graduates’ underlying motivation for becoming health leaders so they can contribute to better outcomes and better population health.

Year 1Year 2
Block 1: September – December
HAD5010H Canada’s Health System and Health Policy: Part 1
(K. Kuluski / F. Morton)
This course, the first in a series of three, critically analyzes key issues and trends in Canada’s health care system using an analytic “tool kit” derived from the fields of health policy analysis and public administration.
HAD5711H Theory and Practice of Strategic Planning and Management in Health Service Organizations (J. Goldhar / A. Wojtak)
This course offers a review of concepts and process relevant to strategic planning in health service organizations.
HAD5713H Introduction to Health Information Systems (M. Fam)
Role of health information at the individual, organizational and system level.
HAD5724H Quantitative Methods for Health Services Management and Policy (R. Cockerill )
Basic quantitative skills necessary for health services administration.
Block 2: January – April
HAD5020H Canada’s Health System and Health Policy: Part 2 (F. Miller)
Continued examination of key concepts and issues in Canadian health policy.
HAD5721H Strategic Management of Quality and Organizational Behaviour in Health Services Organizations (M. Pinard / K. Born)
Current approaches to assessing and improving the quality of health services.
HAD5723H Health Services Accounting (I. Daniel)
Financial/managerial accounting concepts applicable to health service organizations.
HAD5770H Program Planning and Evaluation (V. Rac)
Overview of the concepts and models of program planning and evaluation applicable to health service organizations.
Block 3: May – July
HAD5731H Translating Leadership into Practice (T. Smith / C. Shea)
Grounded in theory and research, this course focuses on the mastery of personal, behavioural leadership competencies through reflective practice.
HAD5733H Health Services Finance (W. Wodchis)
This course will concentrate on strategic corporate finance concepts applicable to health services. Topics include discounted cash flows, project decision making, and risk analysis. In addition, it will integrate corporate finance and accounting theories, institutional knowledge of health care finance, and applications to specific problems.
HAD5761H Introduction to eHealth: Informatics, Innovations and Information Systems (P. Catford)
Information Systems (IS) in health care; historical development of computer-based IS; using IS to support decision-making in operational control, management control, and strategic planning.
HAD6010Y Practicum – one full credit (R. Bains)
8 week field placement.
HAD6011H Practicum Extension – optional (R. Bains)
4 week Practicum I extension.
Block 4: September – December
HAD5725H Health Economics (A.Detsky)
This course explores the economic foundations of health policy development and health services management. The course will facilitate the development of skills in the use of economic theories, evaluation and related topics for administrative decision-making.
HAD5741H Health Law and Ethics (S. Grauer / G. Burt)
Legal and ethical issues arising in health administration; different approaches to solutions; basic foundation of ethical and legal theories, and their application to health administration.
HAD5769H Human Resources Management and Labour Relations in the Health Field (T. Perreira)
Employment relationship (including union-management relations) and the social, economic, and regulatory context within which that relationship is defined.
Plus one of:
HAD5736H  Operations Research Tools for Quantitative Health Care Decision Making (D. AlemanM. Carter)
This course introduces quantitative methods and their applications to healthcare decision making. The use of these methods has recently become an active and growing area of practice and research in contexts such as wait list management, patient flow, population demand estimates, health human resource management and the coordination of resources for elective and emergency services. This course is designed to provide health care decision makers with an introduction to several useful quantitative methods that can provide insight and support for complex decision making.
HAD5767H Health Services Marketing (J. Irving)
Principles of marketing and their application to the management of health service organizations; stresses a customer-focus orientation, re-examination of usual strategic issues, the relationship between marketing and quality management.
Block 5: January – April
HAD5775H Competition, Cooperation and Strategy in Healthcare (A. Brown / D. Klein)
This course explores the application of strategy and performance measurement frameworks to cases from the for-profit, not-for-profit, and non-profit sectors in health care and the life sciences. Topics include financing; access to venture capital, capital and health care conversions; strategic alliances, integration and re-engineering; and performance measurement and strategy evaluation.
HAD7001H-S Developing a Leadership Competency Portfolio: MHSc Health Administration Program Capstone Project (T. Smith )
HAD5765H Case Studies in Health Policy (R. Deber)
Formulation and implementation of public policy using studies focused on theoretical concepts; comparisons of policy alternatives.
HAD5777H Leading and Managing Change: Building Adaptive Capacity (T. Smith / C. Shea)
Through in-class discussion and small group consultation labs, participants will learn to mobilize constructive change through the development of a new and enhanced capacity to see, effectively analyze, and strategically intervene.