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


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

P700 Business, Government and the Global Environment
P720 Strategic Management
C711 Health Economics and Evaluation
C721 Health Policy Analysis
Plus three of the following:
C700 Introduction to Health Management
(Only students admitted prior to 2016 are eligible to count this course)
C715 Health Care Funding and Resource Allocation
C722 Management of Population Health
C725 Managing Communications in Health Care
C727 Pharma/Biotech Business Issues
C735 Proposal Development for Health Care Leaders
C736 Quality Management in Health Services
C741 Health Care Marketing
C750 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
Plus 3 electives.
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