Why study Health Services Administration at Dal?

Kick off your career in the healthcare industry

Whether you are looking to get your foot in the door working in the healthcare industry and are looking to formalize your education, Dalhousie’s Diploma of Health Services Administration (DHSA) is a great way to get you to the next step in your career. You’ll get the skills you need to succeed or move up the ladder in your current career towards a managerial role.  

Degree overview

Diploma: Diploma of Health Services Administration, DHSA
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health Administration
Campus: Online delivery
Program Length: 1 year, part-time option
Program Start: September, January

What will I learn?

The Diploma in Health Services Administration (DHSA) is a one-year program and is completely delivered online. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of the increasingly complex managerial tasks performed in health institutions, agencies, and health-related government departments. You'll dive into tasks such as implementing quality improvement initiatives, designing efficient health services systems and you'll apply principles related to health care planning to those systems. 

You’ll also receive a balance of political, social, economic, cultural, medical and ethical approaches to understanding the healthcare delivery system with those of the management sciences.

Sample courses:

  • Canadian Healthcare Delivery System
  • Health Law for Non-Lawyers
  • Quality Management

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

The DHSA program prepares students for a career in health care at the managerial level. It meets the needs of those currently employed in the health-care sector in a managerial capacity, particularly:

  • administrators in small facilities
  • middle managers in medium or large facilities
  • employees in community health, long term care and more

The program is a great stepping stone to the Master of Health Administration program, which prepares students with the administrative skills and academic knowledge to assume leadership roles in either the private or public health-care sectors.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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