Diploma in Health Services Administration

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.  

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.

Required courses

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

One three credit hour elective, as approved by the School, is also required. The elective may be taken in the fall, winter, or summer term. Dalhousie offers several distance education courses that may be of interest to DHSA students:


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.


Applicants to the DHSA must meet Dalhousie University's undergraduate admisson requirements, and require university preparation (you may not apply from high school).

 Academic Calendar 2023/2024  

Application deadlines:

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

Application details

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 DHSA if admitted
  • One letter of reference (academic or professional)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • English Language Proficiency for International Students.


Questions about applying to the DHSA?

Contact us:

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