Certificate in Emergency Health Services Management

Get the tools you need to suceed in emergency health

The Certificate in Emergency Health Services Management (CEHSM)program is designed primarily for managers working in Canada's emergency health services system. The certificate aims to:

  • Assist in developing effective community-based programs through adverse outcome reduction
  • Assist in the development of program-based budget and accounting controls
  • Guide students in formulating effective communication and awareness at the community level.

Why take the Certificate in Emergency Health Systems Management?

  1. Reinforce your experience: Get a certificate to complement your experience in the emergency field.
  2. Kick off your career: The CEHSM is a great way to get your foot in the door if you want a job in the healthcare system in the areas of emergency or disaster management.
  3. Move up the ladder: Progress in your career and enter a managerial role with the added knowledge the Certificate will provide.
  4. Next steps: The Certificate is a great complement to a previous degree in a healthcare-related field.
  5. Prepare for further study: Once you've completed the CEHSM, you can continue on and complete the Certificate in Emergency Health System Planning (CEHSP) or the Diploma in Emgergency Health Services Management (DEHSM).   It's also a great way to prepare yourself for the Master of Health Administration (MHA).

What can I do with this certificate?

The CEHSM was designed by EHS professionals, and is geared towards developing essential management skills to work in this field. Students who have completed the certificate go on to roles in:

  • EHS
  • Emergency planning roles
  • Managerial roles in EHS, Disaster, or Management Agencies

Admission Requirements

You must meet the Dalhousie University undergraduate admission requirements to be considered for this program. This certificate program does not typically accept people applying directly from high school. It is recommended that you have work or volunteer experience in the health services industry before applying for the program.

A complete application consists of the following documents:

  • A completed application form and fee
  • An official transcript of the record of academic work completed to date
  • One letter of reference (academic or professional)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • TOEFL (international applications)

Application deadlines are:

  • March 1 for September start
  • November 15 for January start
  • March 15 for May start


The one-year certificate features both academic and results-oriented curriculum.  Students accepted into the Certificate in Emergency Health Services Management (CEHSM) take the following half credit classes:

  • Fall Semester - Required Course
    HESA 4005 - Healthcare Financial Management

  • Winter Semester - Required Course
    HESA 4020 - Quality Improvement in Emergency Health Services

  • Summer Semester - Required Course
    HESA 4040 – Principles of Community Based Emergency Health Services

Program Delivery

The Certificate in Emergency Health Services Management (CEHSM) is fully online offering flexible study options. The certificate is conducted through the Internet and web-based conferencing tool within the Dalhousie e-Learning platform. The Dalhousie e-Learning platform consists of a well-established suite of tools, which provide mechanisms for interactive exercises, such as group discussions, presentations, and information sharing.  The certificate uses on-line learning technology for recommended readings, lessons, and course activities (e.g. assignments, tests, self-tests, etc.).

Contact Us

For further information regarding the program, write, email or call:

(902) 494-7097
(902) 494-6849
Mailing Address
Facutly of Health
School of Health Administration
Dalhousie University
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
5850 College Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS   B3H 4R2
Courier/Location Address: School of Health Administration
Dalhousie University
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
5850 College Street, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2  Canada