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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA)
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Administered by: School of Health Services Management
Program Format: Part-time, degree-completion program.

The Health Services Management program is specifically designed to assist healthcare professionals interested in advancing into management positions in health service organizations. The program offers courses that build on its students’ existing base of practical knowledge of the healthcare field.

Admission Information

Candidates for admission to the Health Services Management degree-completion program must meet the minimum requirements outlined below.  The program is intended for two separate, distinct applicant streams. The university welcomes and encourages applications from both of these groups as outlined below.

Stream A:
  1. Graduation from a three year Advanced Diploma program in applied health science (e.g., nursing, medical laboratory technology, chiropody, radiology) from a public Ontario College, or the equivalent, with a grade average of 'B' or higher. The diploma must include a one-year introductory, university level humanities course or the equivalent.
  2. At least two years of cumulative, current professional experience in the health services field.
Stream B:
  1. Completion of at least two years of study in a health-related undergraduate degree program, or completion of a degree in another field, from an accredited university. 
  2. At least two years of cumulative, current professional experience in the health services field.
Admission Procedures

Applicants are required to submit the following to Undergraduate Admissions in addition to their online application and Supplementary Form.

Visit Submission of Documents for instructions:

  1. Academic transcripts including promotion/graduation status of all post-secondary studies (including studies in an applied health science program). High school transcripts are not required.
  2. A detailed and separate resume of previous work experience, academic experience (including continuing education), and professional activities.
  3. Documentation of professional registration/certification, where applicable.

Each applicant will be reviewed by a department admissions committee to ensure academic and practice suitability for the program.

Students who wish to enrol in any Faculty of Arts course that has a prerequisite must first obtain permission from the appropriate teaching department.  Students are required to provide the teaching department with a course outline and proof of completion of the appropriate prerequisite.

Students are admitted three times a year, in the fall, winter, and spring/summer semesters.

Program Overview/Curriculum Information

The Health Services Management part-time degree program is designed to allow health practitioners to upgrade their education to the level of an undergraduate degree in theory and management of health services.

A key goal of the program is to develop the management and leadership capabilities of health practitioners who currently hold or in the future may hold entry level, or middle management responsibilities in health facilities or in the community.

Management skills and knowledge are developed within the context of a broad understanding of the needs and rights of clients and their communities, and the social, economic, political, and ethical factors influencing rapid change in the health system.

The design of the curriculum incorporates four goals: educating health practitioners to assume entry-level or middle management responsibilities; contributing to the evolution of a multidisciplinary, holistic health community; building a broader understanding of the diverse non-medical factors which shape the health system; and providing a basis for advanced studies. The program objectives identify three distinct areas of skills and knowledge consistent with these goals which relate to the needs of clients, the health services organization, and the system as a whole.

Program requirements include courses in the Professional, Professionally-Related and liberal studies categories. Professional courses examine the health system and management roles in health service organizations as the basis for specialized courses in management, health law, finance, program planning and evaluation, research methods and human resources. Professionally-related courses include required and elective courses in accounting, communications, ethics, policy, psychology, economics, occupational health and marketing. liberal studies courses are chosen from a wide range of humanities and social science subjects. A Practicum designed to facilitate the integration of management theory and practice in a work setting, constitutes the 'capstone' of the program.

Courses may be offered in one of three formats: evening, web-based or modular. Selected Professionally-Related and liberal studies courses also run in the evening. A limited number of spaces may also be available in the day sections of Professionally-Related and liberal studies courses. Part-time students may be accommodated in day sections if space is available. Selected Professional, Professionally-Related, Required and liberal studies courses may also be offered each semester.

Once accepted into the program students receive assistance to develop a program plan.

Students may take up to a maximum of eight years to complete the program requirements.

Part-time courses are administered by either the program department or The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. The mode of delivery is not reflected in this calendar. Continuing education courses are identified in your course selection registration package with a 'C' prefix. These identifiers are for internal use only and do not affect the equivalency.

Courses completed at an accredited university or a Public Ontario College that are not used as a basis of admission may also be eligible for transfer credit. These courses must be reviewed by the appropriate departmental chair before credit can be assigned. We strongly recommend that you commence the collection of officially certified transcripts, course descriptions, and teaching outlines as soon as possible.

Please note that students who receive transfer credits(s) must complete studies that normally include at least one-half of the curriculum. No more than 50 percent of a program's requirements may consist of advanced standing/credits (transfer credits, challenge credits, credits granted on a Letter of Permission).

Students must complete three upper-level liberal studies courses to graduate. If an upper level liberal studies course requires a prerequisite, students MUST apply for a transfer credit for that prerequisite. This will only serve as proof of prerequisite and will not apply toward the degree.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table B Restrictions

Students may take only two Economics courses for credit.  

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Part-Time, Degree Completion Program


ACC 100 Introductory Financial Accounting
HIM 301 Healthcare Information Analysis
HIM 408 Statistics for Health Services Managers
HSM 301 The Healthcare Systems
HSM 305 The Management Cycle
HSM 306 Management Leadership and Decision-Making
HSM 330 Managerial Epidemiology for Healthcare
LAW 326 Law for Health Managers

Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table I.


HIM 404 Introduction to Health Economics
HSM 407 Healthcare Financial Management
HSM 408 Program Planning and Evaluation
HSM 417 Research Methodology
HSM 418 Practicum Seminar
HSM 419* Practicum
HSM 437 Human Resources Management in Healthcare

REQUIRED GROUP 1: one of the following:

PHL 302 Ethics and Health Care
PHL 444 Ethics in Health Services Management

One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table I.

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Program Advisory Council

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see Senate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Kim Baker
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Melanie Kohn
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Ministry of Health and Long-term Care

Johanne Léveillé-Schirm
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Paul Williams
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Jan Kestle
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Lisa Kimmel (Council Vice-Chair)
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Veronica Maidman
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Pina Melchionna
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John Morrison
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Jim Reid
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Robert Schauer
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