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The MHA curriculum provides the educational and professional foundations for leadership in health services.

Students complete 24 (1.5 credit) courses in health systems, policies and management to prepare them for a broad range of issues facing today’s health care world. Students must also complete a capstone research project (SPHA 590) that investigates a problem or issue related to health care administration.
Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Navigate the political, economic and social influences within a rapidly changing health care system
  • Improve the quality of care and health outcomes for patients in diverse health care settings
  • Make strategic decisions in the face of increasing demands on the health care system
  • Draw upon the expertise of multi-disciplinary healthcare teams to implement solutions to persistent health care system problems

Learn from experts in their field

Instructors in our program come from a collaboration with the School of Population and Public Health under the Faculty of Medicine and the Sauder School of Business along with honorary lecturers who bring expertise from their professional practice.

All first and second year courses are offered once per academic year. MHA students are required to take all courses at the time they are scheduled for their assigned cohort.


Focus on dedicated competencies and knowledge areas

Graduates leave the program with competencies uniquely designed for health care leadership across three domains from the National Centre for Health Care Leadership (NCHL) – transformation, execution and people, preparing them to:

  • Lead change processes through analytical and financial thinking in a strategic orientation
  • Translate vision and strategy towards optimal organizational performance with communication skills, performance measurement and project management
  • Create collaborative environments with human resource and change management

Course Profiles

Accounting – SPHA 502

Basic Finance – SPHA 501

Canadian Health Policy – SPHA 510

Government and Policy – SPHA 511

Organizational Behaviour – SPHA 521

HR Management – SPHA 522

Economic Evaluation – SPHA 531

Health Economics – SPHA 532

Health Care Priority Setting – SPHA 533

Operations and Logistics – SPHA 542

IT for Management – SPHA 543

Statistics – SPHA 554 and SPHA 555

Health Information Systems – SPHA 544

Program Planning and Evaluation – SPHA 553

Social Determinants of Health – SPHA 556

Quality of Care – SPHA 557

Leadership – SPHA 564

Strategic Management – SPHA 561

Health Care Law – SPHA 562

Ethics and Ethical Decision Making – SPHA 563

Indigenous Health – SPHA 580B Selected Topics

SPHA 590A Research Project

Epidemiology – SPHA 551