Why choose HSA at Dalhousie?

The Health Services Administration program will prepare you for managerial roles in healthcare management. Offered online on a full-time or part-time basis, the program serves those already employed in the healthcare sector in a management capacity, in roles such as:

  • middle managers in medium to large institutions
  • administrators in small facilities
  • employees in community health facilities

Program details

Diploma in Health Services Administration

Program Length

The Diploma in Health Services Administration (DHSA) is offered fully online. It can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis.

  • Full time (1 year)
  • Part-time (up to 5 years) depending on course load per term.


Applicants must meet the Dalhousie University undergraduate admission requirements to be considered for this program. It is recommended that students have work or volunteer experience in the health services industry before applying to this program.  (you may not apply from high school).

A complete application consists of the following documents:

  • An application and fee
  • An official transcript from high school and previous post-secondary institutions.
  • A letter outlining your life and work experiences since last attending school. You should include a description of your educational goals and your motivation to succeed in this program.
  • One letter of reference (academic or professional)
  • Resume
  • English Language Proficiency for International Students.

More details on admissions to the DHSA program.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

  • March 1 for September start
  • November 15 for January start
  • Late applications may be considered

Class Size

Class sizes average around 20 or more students per class.

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.


The one-year program features both academic and results-oriented curriculum.  Students accepted into the DHSA program take the following half credit classes:

Fall Semester - Required Courses
HESA 4000 - Canadian Healthcare Delivery System
HESA 4004 - Healthcare Planning
HESA 4005 - Healthcare Financial Management
HLTH 4040 - Health Law for Non-Lawyers
HESA 4400 - Introduction to Healthcare Economics

Winter Semester - Required Courses

HESA 4001 - Management Roles and Competencies
HESA 4002 - Health Human Resource Management
HESA 4003 - Quality Management
HESA 4200 - Epidemiology for Managers

Required Elective
DHSA students are also required to take a half-credit elective that can be completed during any term of their program. Dalhousie offers several distance education courses that may be of interest to DHSA students:

HESA 4030 - EHS System Design
HESA 4040 - Principles of Community-based EHS
DISM 3010 - Introduction to Disability and Disability Managment
DISM 4040 - Understanding the Relationship Between Health and Work
DISM 4050 - Communication and Professional Relationships in Disability Management
ANAT 1010 - Basic Human Anatomy


Program Delivery

The DHSA is delivered completely online. Students should have regular access to high-speed internet. The course platform, Brightspace, performs best using Chrome or Firefox, or Safari for Mac users. A computer headset with microphone attached is also required.