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Athabasca University

Program Descriptions

We offer the Bachelor of Health Administration degree program through two streams:

We also offer a 60-credit University Diploma in Health Administration for students wishing to obtain an intermediate credential that serves as a foundation for the degree program.

View the career options open to graduates of the programs.

Bachelor of Health Administration

The mission of the Athabasca University’s Health Administration program is to enable prospective health care administrators to develop the knowledge, values, skills that are essential for managing health care and public health services. This mission is congruent with Athabasca University’s mission, which incorporates the removal of barriers, equality of educational opportunities for learners, and the provision of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and community service.
The Health Administration program is based on an understanding of health as a complex social construct. We respect the diverse values, beliefs, contributions, and health care needs of all populations and communities. We aspire to instill the importance of passion, commitment and enthusiasm for health care administration in a variety of settings, locally and globally.

The program is offered via distance education where students study independently with academic support from qualified educators. It may be offered through classroom delivery in collaboration with community colleges. Distance education provides the opportunity for health professionals to access educational opportunities without leaving their homes or place of employment.

Bachelor of Health Administration (Post Diploma)

The Bachelor of Health Administration (Post Diploma) is open to all those who have an AU-approved two-year diploma in business, administration or any health-related field.  The degree builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the diploma program. The goal of the program is to enable graduates to acquire critical thinking, communications and managerial skills; congruent with the outcomes of the health administration degree.

Holders of AU-approved two- or three-year diplomas will be awarded a block transfer of 36 credits. The work completed in the diploma program must be relevant to the Bachelor of Health Administration program. AU-approved two-year diplomas in business administration may be awarded up to 60 credits, and holders of AU-approved three-year diplomas in business administration may be awarded up to 66 credits towards this 90-credit degree. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

University Diploma in Health Administration

The University Diploma in Health Administration (previously called University Certificate in Health Development Administration) is offered by individualized study.

The Program May Be Attractive To:

  • health administrators
  • long-term care managers
  • health care professionals and others seeking a degree in health administration
  • health record professionals
  • health care workers and supervisors

Possible Career Options:

  • health administrators
  • long-term care managers
  • middle management-level positions at various health care facilities
  • healthcare related consultant agencies
  • international organizations such as WHO, CARE, World Vision, Global Affairs Canada, and CUSO
  • provincial and Federal Government's departments of health and social services
  • health care workers and supervisors at private and public health care facilities

Athabasca University Articulation

Graduates of Canadian Health Care Association programs and the First Nations Health Managers Association are eligible for transfer credit; please refer to transfer credit search site for details.

Updated February 03 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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