The Master of Health Services Management (MHSM) is jointly offered by the Dhillon School of Business and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The MHSM program is designed to provide interdisciplinary knowledge and experience for health care practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector who wish to move into more senior positions. The focus is therefore on providing students with the knowledge necessary to become effective managers in the Canadian healthcare system. Development of applied research, critical thinking, and decision-making skills is embedded throughout the program, culminating with application in an integrated experience point project.
MHSM is a cohort-based, part-time program that is offered at the Calgary campus of the University of Lethbridge. The program is delivered in a compressed format using a combination of blended learning techniques, distance delivery, and residential (face-to-face) sessions. The delivery model allows students to attend graduate school while continuing to work. This is a particularly important feature for students who must maintain practice credentials.
The MHSM program is available every year
Baccalaureate Degree Admission Route
Applicants normally must meet the following minimum requirements:
Hold an undergraduate degree in Nursing, Health Sciences, or Management, or in a closely related discipline
Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses
Evidence of successful experience in the health sector is normally required. Preference is given to applicants who have two or more years of work experience
Demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) for graduate students
Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Health Sciences Combined Degree Admission Route
Applicants, who have completed the University of Lethbridge’s Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Health Sciences Combined degree, normally must meet the following minimum requirements:
A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses
Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management Admission Route
Applicants, who have completed the University of Lethbridge’s Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management program, normally must meet the following minimum requirements before the University will consider admission:
A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale)
Because the capacity of the program is limited, not all students meeting the general admission requirements may be admitted.
Criteria used for admission include:
the applicant’s academic record, ELP test scores, if applicable, and references;
relevance of undergraduate degree;
a breadth of undergraduate courses;
relevant work experience, if applicable; and
the results of the interview, if applicable.
Newly admitted students in the MHSM program are required to pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to confirm their acceptance of their admission. This deposit is credited toward their registration in the program.
If the previous program undertaken by the student shows gaps or weaknesses, additional course work or another study may be required. Such work will not normally count toward the requirements for the MHSM degree.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes
The overarching objective of the MHSM program is to prepare individuals to function effectively as managers and administrators in a wide range of public and private health care environments. Embedded in the program are global learning objectives which include developing and enhancing:
Advanced numeracy skills
Advanced critical thinking skills
Advanced analytic and decision-making skills
The program prepares students to be independent, strategic thinkers and collaborative colleagues. While the students’ knowledge and skill sets will be shaped within the context of health care, the learning outcomes will be transferable. More specifically, students will:
Understand the context and complexity of health services and health management in the Canadian healthcare system.
Develop interdisciplinary, integrated knowledge of, and experience in, the management of health services across five modules: Design; Financial Structure; Leading and Bridging; Political Environment; and Conceptualization.
Develop foundational knowledge of the functional management areas of public and private health care environments.
Become effective managers of interdisciplinary environments in the health care sector.
Acquire enhanced meta-cognitive skills in numeracy, systems thinking, analytic thinking, critical thinking, synthesis, and decision-making.
Acquire effective team building and team cohesion skills.
Develop foundational knowledge of a variety of health care systems outside Canada.
Develop knowledge and acquire competencies in applied research and decision-making.
Develop research skills to diagnose current challenges in a health care organization and construct a potential solution.
Organize and pursue an integrated project in a managerial setting in a health care organization.
Write and present an applied project to an acceptable scholarly level.