The School of Health Services Management was conceived in mid-1989 as a joint venture between the Chang School of Continuing Education Ryerson University Faculty of Community Services. The Health Services Management (HSM) program option was first offered in Fall of 1993 as a part-time degree completion program. The HSM program was the first of its kind in Canada (at the undergraduate level), specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals who wished to advance into management positions in health service organizations. In contrast to traditional undergraduate programs that begin the process of education as the basis for later practice, the Health Services Management part- time degree-completion program builds on a pre-existing established base of professional education and practice.
In July 1995 the program was formally transferred from the Continuing Education Division to the Faculty of Community Services. In 1999, the School began investigating the potential for a new program option, a Health Information Management (HIM) program option. The HIM program was proposed in 1999 and began accepting students in September of 2003.
The Health Services Management (HSM) program was the first of its kind in Canada at the undergraduate level
Both programs are degree- completion models. 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 CHIMA- certified individuals currently working in Health Information Management, who hold a CHIMA certified 2-year diploma in HIM. Both programs culminate in a capstone Practicum course completed in conjunction with a partner health organization in the community.
In Fall of 2011, the School of Health Services Management moved from the Faculty of Community Services to the Ted Roger’s School of Management (TRSM). The offices and classroom assignments were fully re-located to to the TRSM for the beginning of the Winter 2012 term.