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History

The Health Services Management (HSM) program option was first offered at Ryerson University in fall of 1993 as a part-time degree completion program through the Chang School of Continuing Education. The HSM program, a joint venture with the Faculty of Community Services, was the first undergraduate program of its kind in Canada specifically designed to assist healthcare professionals interested in advancing into management positions in health service organizations. Unlike traditional undergraduate programs, the Health Services Management part-time degree-completion program offered courses that built on its students’ existing base of practical knowledge of the healthcare field.

In July 1995, the program was formally transferred from the Continuing Education Division to the Faculty of Community Services. In 1999, its administrators proposed adding a Health Information Management (HIM) program option. It began accepting students in September 2003.

"The Health Services Management (HSM) program is the first of its kind in Canada at the undergraduate level."

Both programs are degree-completion models that offer healthcare workers the opportunity to get credit for their diploma courses as they work toward a university degree. The HSM program is designed for individuals currently working in applied healthcare who hold a diploma from one of the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT). The HIM program is designed for individuals certified by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) who are currently working in Health Information Management and hold a CHIMA-certified two-year diploma in HIM. Both the HSM program and the HIM program culminate in a Practicum course that must be completed in conjunction with a partner health organization in the community.

In fall 2011, the School of Health Services Management moved from the Faculty of Community Services to the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) facilities at Bay and Dundas Streets in the heart of Toronto. By the start of the 2012 winter term, the school offices and classrooms were all located at TRSM.

Flexible Schedule

Students in the Health Services Management and Health Information Management programs have the option of taking courses online, in the evening or on weekends. They can also mix the various modes of study.