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Athabasca University

University Diploma in Health Administration

This program is closed to new admissions, effective April 24, 2018.

The University Diploma in Health Administration (previously called University Certificate in Health Development Administration) is offered by individualized study and where feasible, by grouped study (classroom and video conference delivery), in collaboration community colleges.

Faced with tighter budgets and rising costs, health services administration is in the process of reinventing itself. Health care managers are looking for innovative, cost-effective, and results-oriented ways of meeting the ever-increasing demands placed upon our health care system.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

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.

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 60
Required credits 48
Elective credits 12
Minimum at the senior level 36
Residency Requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 30
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits None permitted

Required Courses (48 credits)

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

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers
ADMN 232 Introduction to Management (3)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (3)
HADM 235 Introduction to Health Administration (3)
HADM 315 Health and Community Development (3)
HADM/ECON 321 Health Care Economics (3)
HADM 326 Health Issues: Health and Healing (3)
HADM 336 Community Health Planning (3)
HADM 339 Organization of the Canadian Health Care System (3)
HADM 435 Practicum – Senior Field Placement in Health Administration (6)
HADM 488 Risk Management and Safety in Health Services (3)
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
LGST 331 Administrative Law (3)
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking (3)
HADM 399 Evaluating Health Research Evidence (3)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Select 12 credits with a minimum of six credits at the senior level and a maximum of six credits in any one discipline.

Specific Regulations

There is one practicum required for the University Diploma in Health Administration. HADM 435 is a 6-credit capstone course with a 240-hour practicum component and should be taken at or near the end of the program. The practicum course is available only to program students.


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

Updated May 16 2018 by laurab

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