DeGroote School of Business

Health Services Management


The Health Services Management (HSM) specialization of the MBA program is designed to provide future managers with a solid management grounding in the fundamentals of planning, operations and evaluation, and a broad orientation to the realities, limitations, and potentialities of our health system.

The underlying assumption of this specialization is that a solid MBA training, including selected graduate courses in health services, coupled with a range of work term experiences in the health sector designed with specific educational objectives, will produce a unique graduate with accelerated capabilities in the health services field.

The HSM specialization also provides full-time and co-op students advanced standing towards earning their Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation, Canada’s only professional credential available to health leaders, under the DeGroote School of Business’ strategic alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). Students who enroll in the strategic alliance must complete the CHE program requirements within three years from the date of enrolment. For more information, please visit the Canadian College of Health Leaders website.


Open to students in the co-op, part-time and full-time accelerated programs.


  • Students must complete 2 work terms in a health-related field.


  • Students must be working full-time in a management position in a health services setting.

Full-time Accelerated

  • Students must already have at least one year of work experience in the health care industry when they apply.

Required Courses

P700Business, Government and the Global Environment
P720Strategic Management
C711Health Economics and Evaluation
C721Health Policy Analysis

Plus three of the following courses:

C715Health Care Funding and Resource Allocation
C722Management of Population Health
C725Managing Communications in Health Care
C727Pharma/Biotech Business Issues
C735Proposal Development for Health Care Leaders
C736Quality Management in Health Services
C741/M722Health Care Marketing
C750Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
C755Analytics and Decision-Making in Healthcare

Students admitted to the Accelerated MBA Program may also count C700 – Introduction to Health Management.

Plus three electives.