Our Curriculum

A LEADS Education

In considering our curriculum, our start point is LEADS in a Caring Environment, Canada’s model for Health Systems Leadership. LEADS is in use at every level of our health systems, from coast to coast; from Niagara to Nunavut.  You will launch your career with complete confidence in this leadership framework, ready to slide seamlessly into the workplace.  LEADS also underpins the CCHL's Certified Health Executive designation: you can read more about this, below. 

The Learning Experience

As you can see in this short video, each of your professors will take their own approach to developing a stimulating, rigorous learning experience.

As a further example, consider HESA 6370: Canadian and International Health Systems: 

Your Instructor is Matt Murphy (MAHSR, CHE, EXTRA Fellow), the Chief Data Officer and Senior Director of Strategy and Performance for Nova Scotia Health.

A Typical Class:

We start in study groups, debating the scope and validity of the preparatory reading on a new health partnership between Nova Scotia and Denmark. We move on to collectively review New Zealand's approach to Indigenous Health, identifying learnings for the Nova Scotia system.  We wrap up by preparing a Decision Request for Nova Scotia's Minister for Health & Wellness, who is next week's guest lecturer.

A Sample Assignment:

Identify a successful Mental Health and Addictions initiative from a Canadian Province/Territory other than Nova Scotia.  Develop a proposal for a pilot project for implementation, identifying key stakeholders and financial implications.  You may submit your work as a document or as a pre-recorded presentation. 

Our Curriculum

We train the future leaders of a dynamic, complex and ever-shifting health sector.  We therefore work hard to ensure that our curriculum meets the demands of today's health systems, and just as importantly, that it prepares our students for future challenges and opportunities.  Our Continous Quality Improvement processes allow us to monitor trends, working with our alumni and partners across the country to ensure we are robust, rigorous and innovative in our approach.  

Your Residency will run from May to August

HESA 6390: Health Administration Residency

The residency is a pivotal component of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program.  We will match you with a senior health executive to serve as your preceptor through-out a 4-month placement which is tailored to your career goals. 

Part-time students can complete their residency in a number of ways, often working with a past or current employer to develop their leadership skills. 

Host organizations may include, but are not limited to, the Department of Health, district and regional health organizations and other public-sector organizations across Canada.

Residency

Your Residency will run from May to August

HESA 6390: Health Administration Residency

The residency is a pivotal component of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program.  We will match you with a senior health executive to serve as your preceptor through-out a 4-month placement which is tailored to your career goals. 

Part-time students can complete their residency in a number of ways, often working with a past or current employer to develop their leadership skills. 

Host organizations may include, but are not limited to, the Department of Health, district and regional health organizations and other public-sector organizations across Canada.

CAHME Accreditation: the what and why

The Commission for the Accreditation of Health Mangement Education is the international leader in recognising and sustaining excellence in health leadership training. 

We are Canada's only English language program to meet CAHME's accreditation standards.  Furthermore, in 2023 we were honoured to be appointed to the CAHME Mentorship Circle: this means that we now advise other MHA programs across the world on how to set and meet exceptionally high standards. 

For more information about why you should chose a CAHME program, see the student pages on CAHME's website: link to CAHME site (opens in new tab).

Become a Certified Health Executive

CCHL's Certified Health Executive Program is the only leadership designation in Canada for all health leaders.  Like our MHA, it is aligned to the LEADS Domains which are increasingly integrated in the organizational culture of Canada's health organizations.   You will see the CHE designation identified as a highly desirable trait in employment listings for senior positions across the country.

With our alignment to LEADS, you will graduate with all but the final stage of your CHE process complete.  You will be fluent in the LEADS framework, and ready to slide seamlessly into the leadership culture of Canadian health systems.  For more information, see the CCHL's CHE pages: link to CCHL (opens in new tab)