Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Health Administration
(Three years—90 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2008


Canada's health care system is faced with challenges from all directions; rising costs, shortage of human resources, and its aging population.

Athabasca University's Bachelor of Health Administration program is designed to help health care administrators and managers meet these challenges. By developing organizational, analytical, and managerial skills, the program enables graduate students to seek innovative ways of meeting the increasing demands on Canada's health care system. To receive more information about this program, please contact Athabasca University's Center for State and Legal Studies. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first degree and who wish to obtain an AU undergraduate degree in a different subject area, must apply under the second undergraduate degree regulations.  These students may transfer in up to 50 per cent (45 credits) into the three-year degree program, based on course work in the first degree that is applicable. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.


English Writing Skills Requirement

In order to graduate, students must meet the following English writing skills requirement:


hold credit in ADMN 233 or ENGL 255 (Students are strongly encouraged to register in either course early in their program.);

have a grade of B- (70 percent) or better in an Athabasca University English course above the preparatory (100) level;

receive credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved;

pass the Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test. *
* This option may not be available after Sept. 1, 2009. Please contact an AU advisor to confirm.

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program
  Required credits
  Elective credits
  Minimum credits at the senior (300 and 400) level
  Maximum credits at the junior (100 and 200) level
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits



  Required Core Courses (54 credits)
ACCT 245 Accounting for Managers of Not-for-Profit Organizations
ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations* See English Writing Skills Requirement
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition
APST 235 Practicum: Clinical Practice
APST 335 Practicum: Community Health Administration
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communications in Management
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)
ECON/HADM 321 Economics of Health Care
HADM 336 Community Health Planning
HADM 339 The Organization of the Canadian Health Care System
HADM 369 Health Policy in Canada
HADM 379 Introduction to Epidemiology
HLST 200 Introduction to Human Health
HADM 400 Health Care Law
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking*
PHIL 252 will be waived if students have completed a university-level course in indigenous philosophy.
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics
SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences




  Electives (select 15 credits from the following)
HADM 315 Health and Community Development
HADM 326 Health Issues: Health and Healing
HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Introduction to Human Resource Management
LGST 331 Administrative Law
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour
WMST 303 Issues in Women's Health
  Options (21 credits)

  In any discipline

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