Sample courses

Managing in an increasingly complex system

This program will provide you with a deeper understanding of the increasingly complex managerial tasks performed in health institutions, agencies, and health-related government departments. Every effort is made to balance political, social, economic, cultural, medical and ethical approaches to understanding the healthcare delivery system with those of the management sciences.

Here are just a few of the 9 half credit courses you will be required to take:

HESA 4000
Canadian Health Care Delivery System

This class is designed to provide an overview of healthcare in Canada, and more specifically in Nova Scotia, where the health reform process will be addressed. Aimed specifically at supervisors, middle management and administrators, the existing trends in healthcare from a national and provincial perspective will be reviewed. The goal of this class is to provide you with a snapshot view of the existing healthcare system, its past development and future direction.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.

HESA 4001
Management Roles and Competencies

In this class, you will examine what managers do to add value to their organizations. As a starting point, we will briefly explore the evolution of management theories, comparing the founding theories with more recent literature. We will also examine the role of managers in public organizations such as hospitals. Finally, we will examine specific skills and duties of health care managers including leadership, power, motivation, decision making, communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, organizational change and others. Learning is facilitated through a mix of individual study and group discussions, as well as direct feedback from the instructor.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.

HESA 4004
Health Care Planning

Using lectures, readings and case discussions, you will explore issues and methods related to health planning and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to apply theory to practice at the system, organization and service levels.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.


You are also required to take a 1/2 credit elective which can be completed in either the fall or winter term.   Some choices are located on the School of Health Administration website.

School of Health administration Fall and Winter Undergraduate Courses Descriptions