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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Health Administration (Post Diploma) (Three years—90 credits)

Regulations effective September 1, 2015.

The Bachelor of Health Administration (Post Diploma) is open to holders of approved two- or three-year diplomas from an accredited college or technical institute. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.

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

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 per cent) or better in an Athabasca University English course above the preparatory (100) level;
  • receive transfer credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.
Program Structure
Total credits in the program
Maximum block credit transfer from college
Senior (300/400 level) credits
Residency requirement. A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.
Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits

Enrolment Requirement for Business Diplomas

Students presenting AU-approved two-year diplomas in any health-related field or in business administration may be awarded up to 60 credits towards this 90-credit degree. Students presenting AU-approved three-year diplomas in business administration may be awarded up to 66 credits towards this degree.

In order to be awarded a block transfer of 60 credits, students must have completed the following courses (18 credits) or their equivalent.

ACCT 245 Accounting for Managers of Not-for-Profit Organizations

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers
ADMN 232 Introduction to Management
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations*

ENGL 255 Introductory Composition

* see English Writing Skills Requirement
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communication
HADM 488 Risk Management and Safety in Health Services
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking*
* PHIL 252 will be waived if students have completed a university-level course in indigenous philosophy.
Required Courses (24 credits)
HADM/ECON 321 Health Care Economics
HADM 336 Community Health Planning
HADM/HSRV 339 Organization of the Canadian Health Care System
HADM 369 Health Policy in Canada
HADM 379 Introduction to Epidemiology
HADM 400/HSRV 401
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics
SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Options (6 credits)
Six credits in any discipline at the senior (300 or 400) level
Students who do not have work experience in Health and Human Services should take HADM 335 (6 credits) to fulfill this option.

Students who have work experience in Health and Human Services are strongly encouraged to take HADM 326 and HADM 315 to fulfill this option.


Information effective September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

Updated January 11 2016 by laurab

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