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Saleema Karim, instructor

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Saleema Karim, instructor

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These programs have been developed to fit the needs of the student who is always on the go.

Building a knowledge base


As an instructor for both the Diploma in Health Services Administration )DHSA) and the Diploma in Emergency Health Services Management (DEHSM), Saleema Karim has one main hope for her students.

“I hope they take away an understanding of how complex the Canadian health-care system is,” she says. “It has a lot more facets and players than normal businesses.”

Publicly funded, the system is a source of national pride and identity for Canadians, but the system faces many challenges. The population is aging and health-care costs are rising and eating up larger portions of government budgets. This creates a need for people in the health-care field to have the right skill sets to develop solutions.

Dalhousie offers two diploma programs to help give students the right knowledge base to deal with these problems. One is the Diploma in Emergency Health Services Management and the other is the Diploma in Health Services Administration.

“They provide a great overview of the whole system,” says Ms. Karim.“It would be beneficial for anyone who has an interest in health-care, even if they are working privately or in a hospital.”

Planting a seed


Ms. Karim says the diploma programs often serve as a launching pad for students who later do a master's degree in health administration.

She says Dalhousie has an ideal program because the professors have excellent research and work experience. The ability to obtain these diplomas online is another draw.

“There is constant interaction with the instructors,” says Ms. Karim. “These programs have been developed to fit the needs of the student who is always on the go.”