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

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time (MHA(CC))

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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Dr. Karen Spalding leads the groundbreaking Master of Health Administration (Community Care) program, designed for working health-care professionals.

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.

More information on admission requirements.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

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For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

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
  • MH8006: Research in Community Care

1st Spring/Summer semester:

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

2nd Fall semester:

  • MH 8101Seminar: Solving a Community Care Problem (Capstone A)
  • MH 8102Teamwork in Community Care (Capstone B)

Master of Health Administration (Community Care) graduate program calendar

  • Diversity Institute
  • Biomedical Zone
  • National Institute on Aging

Admissions Contact

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Email: grdadmit@ryerson.ca

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. James Tiessen
Graduate Program Director
BSc, MSc, PhD
Research areas: Japanese healthcare, healthcare management and research methods
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2545
Email: karen.spalding@ryerson.ca

Anna Shevchenko
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2449
Email: mhacc@ryerson.ca

Student Profile

“Ryerson really opened up my eyes to broader systems-level thinking. It made me critically think about what makes a good health-care system.”  

- Kittie Pang, MHA(CC) student

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Master of Health Administration (Community Care).

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.

Funding

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.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.