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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT

Intake: 
Fall
Program Components: 

Coursework

Registration Options: 

Part-time: 20 months

Description: 

The Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management (GCHSM) is jointly offered by the Dhillon School of Business and the Faculty of Health Sciences. This certificate is primarily designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in health care or management, who are working full-time and would like to move into (or have recently been promoted into) a managerial role.

This program provides basic management knowledge for practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector. The focus is on providing students with the knowledge necessary to enter a management position in the Canadian healthcare system. The GCHSM is available for students who wish to increase their knowledge level but may be unable to, or are cautious about, committing to a full Master’s degree.

The GCHSM is a cohort-based, part-time program that is offered at the Calgary campus of the University of Lethbridge. The program will be delivered in a compressed, weekend format using a combination of blended learning techniques, distance delivery and residential (face-to-face) sessions. The delivery model allows students to attend school while continuing to work. This is a particularly important feature for students who must maintain practice credentials.

Upon successful completion of the GCHSM, eligible students may apply to have their courses laddered into the Master of Health Services Management program.

International Students: Please be advised that due to the part-time nature of this program, graduates will not be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit after completing this program. International students interested in this program are advised to contact the International Centre before submitting an application to this program.

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In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.​

Admission requirements

Baccalaureate Degree Admission Route

Applicants will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e. an undergraduate degree) in Nursing, Health Sciences, or Management, or in a closely related discipline from a degree-granting institution
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses (60.0 credit hours)
  • Evidence of successful experience in the health sector is normally required. Preference is given to applicants who have two or more years of work experience
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate students

 Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Health Sciences Combined Degree Admission Route

Applicants, who have completed the University of Lethbridge’s Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Health Sciences Combined degree, will meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  •   A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses (60.0 credit hours).
Application process

 

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Please see the Supporting Documents for this program below. If additional documentation is required, the Dhillon School of Business Graduate Programs Office will contact you

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

Official documents (e.g., transcripts, English language proficiency test scores) are required prior to registration.

Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at www.applyalberta.ca.

Step 4: Admission Decision Process

Applicants may be called for an interview with members of the Dhillon School of Business Graduate Programs Committee. The Dhillon School of Business Graduate Programs Office unofficially informs the applicant of the Program Committee’s decision. Official admission decisions will be sent electronically by the Registrar’s Office by April 1. Successful applicants will be advised of registration procedures at that time.

Admission criteria

Because the capacity of the program is limited, not all students meeting the general admission requirements may be admitted.

Criteria used for admission include:

  • the applicant’s record, ELP test scores, if applicable, and references;
  • the relevance of undergraduate degree;
  • the breadth of undergraduate courses;
  • relevant work experience, if applicable; and
  • results of an interview, if applicable.
Learning outcomes

The GCHSM program is designed to provide interdisciplinary knowledge and experience for health care practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector who wish to move into more senior positions. The focus is therefore on providing students with the knowledge necessary to become effective managers in the Canadian healthcare system. The GCHSM delivers an essential core of management knowledge for students who are exploring managerial positions, but are unsure about management as a career choice, or are unable to commit to a full Master's degree.

The GCHSM program offers an introduction to key health services management topics. This provides essential knowledge that may open opportunities to entry-level managerial positions. Furthermore, the GCHSM will assist graduates in their decision-making regarding career options and the pursuit of additional graduate credentials.

The GCHSM is designed to provide essential interdisciplinary knowledge for health care practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector who considering a move into managerial or leadership positions. The focus is therefore on providing students with an introduction to the essential information they will require to become effective managers in the Canadian healthcare system. The development of critical thinking and decision-making skills is embedded in the courses, which begins to prepare graduates to function effectively as managers/administrators in a wide range of public and private health care environments.

Program FAQ

What is the difference between the Master of Nursing and Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management programs?

Master of Nursing program is designed for individuals interested in nursing practice, education and research.

The GCHSM is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in health care, who are working full-time and would like to move into (or have recently been promoted into) a managerial role. This program is available for students who wish to increase their knowledge level but may be unable to, or are cautious about, committing to a full Master’s degree.


Who can apply for this program?

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in Nursing, Health Sciences, or Management, or a University of Lethbridge's Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Health Sciences Combined degree are eligible to apply for this program. Please also check the admission requirements above.


Is a student holding a master’s degree or post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in a different field of study eligible to apply for the GCHSM program?

Yes. A student holding an approved master’s degree or a post-baccalaureate graduate certificate from a recognized institution who wants to pursue an entirely different field of study to enhance or change their career focus, or international students seeking North American credentials, may be considered for admission to a U of L graduate certificate program provided he/she meets all of the admission requirements.

Students normally are not eligible to pursue a second post-baccalaureate graduate certificate or master’s degree which is similar to one already completed at a recognized institution. Generally, degrees or certificates with identical or closely related content are considered to be similar.


Do I need to have current full-time employment in the health industry to be eligible to apply for this program?
No, you don't have to be currently employed in the health industry but you may need to provide evidence of successful work experience in the health sector depending on the admission route you qualify for. Please see the admission requirements above.


I am a busy working professional, will this program fit my busy schedule?
Absolutely. The program is delivered in a manner that allows busy professionals to continue working with minimum coursework (only 15 credit hours).


I am an international student seeking North American credentials, am I eligible for this program?
Yes. You may be considered for admission to the program provided you meet all the admission requirements mentioned above.

Supporting Documents for the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management program 

Transcripts

Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at applyalberta.ca.

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
Canada

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Reference Letters

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management are required to submit three (3) reference letters; one (1) must be academic (applicant must have studied with at the university level), and two (2) of which must be professional (preferably referees who have served in a supervisory capacity).

You are: Who is an acceptable academic referee?
A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
A current or recent graduate student
  • Your supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory
    Committee
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
Working and completed a degree several years ago
  • Someone with whom you have studied at the
    university level
  • An employer or another person who has served
    in a supervisory capacity who can testify to your
    ability to succeed in an academic setting

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application  
Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference  
Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member

Curriculum vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV. 

Letter of Intent

Your Letter of Intent for the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management must include:

  • Nature of interest in the program and the intended career outcome upon completion.

Things to Note:

Your Letter of Intent is your opportunity to show us your passion for your proposed research. Explain how dedicated and invested you are to your proposed graduate program, and provide specific examples of key accomplishments. Be concise and include only important information – reviewers have many graduate applications to review; your Letter of Intent should generally be no more than one page in length unless otherwise stated. 

English Langage Requirements (ELP) for Graduate Students

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information. 


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