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Master of Health Administration (Community Care) (MHA(CC))

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Health Administration in Community Care 

The Master of Health Administration in Community Care (MHA(CC)) is the first Canadian graduate degree in this dynamic and growing sector. There is a large demand for graduate-prepared managers in private, public and not-for-profit organizations that plan, coordinate and deliver clinical and supportive health care in the community.

This program addresses the need for innovative and entrepreneurial managers who can effectively and ethically lead, manage and/or start organizations that deliver care across diverse populations and locations. The program’s convenient downtown location and modular format enables students to work full-time while completing the program in 16 months. Focusing on innovation, analytics and entrepreneurship, the MHA (CC) is designed for professionals already working in health care and those interested in transitioning into this vital and rewarding career.

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Students registering for the annual health services management lecture

At a Glance

  •  Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in a related discipline (e.g. Business, Nursing, Science, Social Sciences and/or Management) from an accredited institution. Must include an undergraduate course in Statistics.
  • Minimum gr ade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study.
  • Minimum two years work experience in health care in Canada.
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional).
  • Resumé/CV.
  • 500-word Statement of Interest.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

In a university known for its career-focused curriculum and experiential curricular learning opportunities, we integrate real-world experiences across all aspects of the program. In the Capstone course, students will work directly with home and community-care organizations to address issues and solve problems collaboratively.

  • Comparative Health-Care Policy and Management
  • Promoting Healthy Aging in Place
  • Addictions and Chronic Illness
  • Information Technology Adoption and Implementation
  • Family/Unpaid Caregivers
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatric Care in the Community 

The program can be completed over four semesters and all core courses will be offered in a modular format. Students will be in class Thursday evenings, and all day Friday and Saturday, five times in the first and third semesters, but less in the second and fourth semesters. The elective course requirement is offered on a weekly basis and taken in the Winter or Spring terms.

1st Fall semester:

  • MH 8001: Strategy in the Home and Community Care
  • MH 8002: Comparative Health-Care Policy

1st Winter semester:

  • MH 8003: Management in Home and Community Care
  • Elective (from MBA, Nursing, etc.)

1st Spring/Summer semester:

  • MH 8004: Performance in Home and Community Care
  • MH 8005: Information Technology for Home and Community Care

2nd Fall semester:

  • Capstone: Solving a Community Care Problem
  • Diversity Institute
  • Biomedical Zone
  • National Institute on Aging

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Karen Spalding
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Health Policy, University of Toronto
Research areas: examining the role of government in health care, how it is shaped by the interests and actions of key political actors; and the consequences of health system changes for health care organizations, providers, consumers and governments themselves
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 3567

Anna Shevchenko
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2449
Fax: 416-979-5153

Halima Al-Hatimy , external link

Student Profile

Halima Al-Hatimy, (master of health administration (community care) student) founded FemCare Community Health Initiative, external link, a non-profit focusing on menstrual health care for homeless women

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.