Health Services Management (GCHSM)

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Length of program

Part-time: 20 months

Mode of delivery

Blended

Program components

Coursework

Campus

Calgary

Intake

Fall

Program description

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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Health Services Management Programs - February 2021

 

Career pathways

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.

Additional information

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 program:

  • 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;
  • offers an introduction to key health services management topics that provide essential knowledge that may open opportunities to entry-level managerial positions;
  • will assist graduates in their decision-making regarding career options and the pursuit of additional graduate credentials.

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.

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.