Skip To Content

Athabasca University

Bachelor of Health Administration (Three years—90 credits)

Regulations effective September 1, 2017.

Canada’s health care system is faced with challenges from all directions; rising costs, shortage of human resources, and an 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 Social Sciences.

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

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
Required credits
Elective credits
Minimum credits at the senior (300 and 400) level
Maximum credits at the junior level
(maximum allowed at the preparatory [100] level) 6
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.
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits

Required Core Courses (57 credits)

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
ECON/HADM 321 Health Care Economics
HADM 235 Introduction to Health Administration (3)
HADM 336 Community Health Planning
HADM 339 Organization of the Canadian Health Care System
HADM 369 Health Policy in Canada
HADM 379 Introduction to Epidemiology
HADM 400 Health Care Law
HADM 435 Practicum – Senior Field Placement in Health Administration (6)
HADM 488 Risk Management and Safety in Health Services (3)
HLST 200 Introduction to Human Health I
HLST 201 Introduction to Human Health II
HADM 326 Health Issues: Health and Healing (3)
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking
(PHIL 252 will be waived if students have completed a university-level course in indigenous philosophy.)
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics
HADM 399 Evaluating Health Research Evidence

Electives (select 15 credits from the following)

CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
COMM 277 Group Communication (3)
HADM 315 Health and Community Development
(Students are strongly recommended to take HADM 315)
HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Introduction to Human Resource Management
LGST 331 Administrative Law
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour
WGST 303 Issues in Women’s Health

Options (18 credits)

In any discipline


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated October 18 2017 by laurab

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.