Diploma in Emergency Health Services Management

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Our Diploma of Emergency Health Services Management is ten course program which can be taken over the course of one year, or through a range of more flexible options: many students will start with one or both of our three-course EHS Certificates and then progress to the Diploma at a later stage.

The Diploma provides current and future EHS leaders with the range of knowledge and skills required to effectively lead in a variety of Emergency and Disaster contexts.   You will explore emergency healthcare planning, finance, and the legal considerations pertaining to health, as well as management processes, human resources,  EMS Systems Design, and the Principles of Community Based EMS.

Required Courses

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

  *EMS - Emergency Medical Services

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 4010 - Management Process and Human Resource Issues in EMS
HESA 4020 - Quality Improvement in EMS
HESA 4200 - Epidemiology for Managers

Summer Semester - Required Courses

HESA 4030 - EMS Systems Design
HESA 4040 - Principles of Public Relations and Marketing in EMS

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Applicants to the DEHSM must meet Dalhousie University's undergraduate admisson requirements, and we also require further experience/university preparation - you may not apply directly from high school

Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Application deadlines:

  • Application deadline March 1st for September admission
  • November 15 for January start
  • March 15 for May start

Admission Requirements

A complete application consists of the following documents:
  • A completed application form and fee
  • An official transcript of the record of academic work done
  • Mature students should include a letter indicating  activities since leaving high school and reasons for expecting to successfully complete the DEHSM if  admitted
  • One letter of reference (academic or professional)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • English Language Proficiency for International Students.

Questions about applying to the DEHSM?

Contact us:

Phone:  (902) 494 -7097
Fax:      (902) 494-6849
Email:    healthadmin@dal.ca