The program curriculum is designed and sequenced to provide for the development of fundamental health leadership knowledge, skills and competencies. The National Center for Health Leadership’s Competency Model (NCHL) is used as a guideline to provide students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities central to the program’s learning outcomes.
- Population health and status assessment
- Health policy formulation, implementation and evaluation
- Organizational development/organizational behaviour theory and application
- Management and structural analysis of healthcare organizations, including evaluation and redesign
- Operations assessment and improvement
- Management of human resources and health professionals
- Information systems management and assessment
- Legal principles development, application and assessment
- Governance: structure, roles, responsibilities and alignment with leadership
- Leadership: visioning, change management and team development
- Written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- Statistical analysis and application
- Economic analysis and application to decision making
- Market analysis, research and assessment
- Financial analysis and management
- Ethics in business and clinical decision making
- Strategy formulation and implementation
- Quality assessment for patient care improvement
- Professional skills development
Competencies: National Center for Health Leadership (NCHL)
The NCHL Competency Model 3.0 (2018) is comprised of 7 domains within which are four action domains and three enabling domains.
ACTION COMPETENCY DOMAINS
Boundary Spanning: Optimizing relationships between a leader’s span of control and the departments, organizations, communities and/or broader networks within which it operates.
- Community Collaboration
- Organizational Awareness
- Relationship & Network Development
Execution: Translating vision and strategy into actions supporting optimal organizational performance.
- Achievement Orientation
- Analytical Thinking
- Communications skills (writing, speaking and facilitating)
- Performance Measurement
- Process & Quality Improvement
- Project Management
Relations: Leading, through example and actions, to create an organizational climate that values employees from all backgrounds, provides a healthy and energizing environment in which to work and encourages everyone’s ongoing development.
- Impact & Influence
- Interpersonal Understanding
- Talent Development
- Team Leadership
Transformation: Creating and implementing compelling and inclusive change processes in support of improving health quality, efficiency and access.
- Change Leadership
- Information Seeking
- Strategic Orientation
ENABLING COMPETENCY DOMAINS
Values: Understanding and utilizing personal, professional and organizational values to guide decision-making.
- Professional & Social Responsibility
Health System Awareness & Business Literacy: Understanding the health system’s current business and operating frameworks as well as the dynamic context within which they operate.
- Financial Skills
- Human Resource Management
- Information Technology Management
Self-Awareness & Self-Development: Ongoing habits and actions taken to continuously improve self-knowledge, interpersonal effectiveness and well-being.
Canadian College of Health Leaders
The MHSc Health Administration program is designed to provide a solid foundation for the development of the Professional Competencies for Certified Health Executives as outlined by the Canadian College of Health Leaders.