GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT
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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.
This program is available every second year, for more information please see the application deadlines.
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.
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 normally must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Hold an undergraduate degree in Nursing, Health Sciences, or Management, or in a closely related discipline
- 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
- 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 student
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, normally must meet the following minimum requirements:
- A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses.
- Application process
Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents
Before you begin an application, review the requirements for your supporting documents:
- Three references (one academic, two professional)
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of Intent (500 words)
- English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate students
- 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;
- relevance of undergraduate degree;
- breadth of undergraduate courses;
- relevant work experience, if applicable;
- and results of 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 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. 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 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 a current full-time employment in health industry to be eligile to apply for this program?
No, you don't have to be currently employed in health industry but you may need to provide an evidence of successful work experience in health sector depending on the admission route you qualify for. Please see the admission requirments 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.