Diploma in Health Services Administration (DHSA)
The Diploma in Health Services Administration (DHSA) program is designed to prepare students for a career in healthcare. It meets the needs of those currently employed in the healthcare sector as:
- administrators in small facilities
- employees in:
- community health
- long-term care
- primary care
- multi-service centres
- community health boards
The program provides a conceptual background for the increasingly complex tasks performed in:
- health institutions and agencies
- health-related government departments
Students complete the DHSA program using online technology on a full-time or part-time basis.
The Diploma in Health Servcies Administration (DHSA) is primarily designed for individuals wishing to pursue formal training in health administration [undergraduate level].
- Applicants must meet the Dalhousie University undergraduate admission requirements to warrant consideration of admission into this program.
- Applicants require university preparation (you may not apply from high school).
- Application forms can be completed online or downloaded and should be submitted as early as possible.
Application deadlines are:
- March 1 for September start
- November 15 for January start
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. Please refer to the following website for acceptable tests and scores. Link
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
DHSA students requiring 1/2 credit elective, can complete this during any term of their program. Dalhousie offers several distance education courses that may be of interest to DHSA students:
The School of Health Administration offers an undergraduate Diploma program in Health Services Administration (DHSA). The academic objectives of this program are to
- provide education in health services administration for managers
- provide access to further education in Health Services Administrtion for such individuals.
The program is conducted through the Internet and web-based conferencing with a product called Brightspace (OWL). Students direct their own learning. Brightspace consists of a suite of tools for interactive exercises, such as group discussion, presentations, and information sharing.
The Diploma in Health Services Administration provides health services professionals with the skills required to:
- manage organizations and human resources effectively
- implement continuous quality improvement initiatives
- design efficient and effective health services systems
- apply principles of health care planning to health systems
- develop community partnerships
- navigate the complexity of the legal environment as it applies to health services administration
For further information regarding the program, write, email or call:
Faculty of Health Professions
School of Health Administration
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
5850 College Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
5850 College Street, 2nd floor
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada