The Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management (GCHSM) is jointly offered by the Dhillon School of Business and the Faculty of Health Sciences. This certificate is primarily designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in health care or management, who are working full-time and would like to move into (or have recently been promoted into) a managerial role.
This program provides basic management knowledge for practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector. The focus is on providing students with the knowledge necessary to enter a management position in the Canadian healthcare system. The GCHSM is available for students who wish to increase their knowledge level but may be unable to, or are cautious about, committing to a full Master’s degree.
The GCHSM is a cohort-based, part-time program that is offered at the Calgary campus of the University of Lethbridge. The program will be delivered in a compressed, weekend format using a combination of blended learning techniques, distance delivery, and residential (face-to-face) sessions. The delivery model allows students to attend school while continuing to work. This is a particularly important feature for students who must maintain practice credentials.
This program is available every second 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 student
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.
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 record, ELP test scores, if applicable, and references;
- relevance of undergraduate degree;
- breadth of undergraduate courses;
- relevant work experience, if applicable;
- and results of the interview, if applicable.
The GCHSM 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. The GCHSM delivers an essential core of management knowledge for students who are exploring managerial positions, but are unsure about management as a career choice, or are unable to commit to a full Master's degree.
The GCHSM program offers an introduction to key health services management topics. This provides essential knowledge that may open opportunities to entry-level managerial positions. Furthermore, the GCHSM will assist graduates in their decision-making regarding career options and the pursuit of additional graduate credentials.
The GCHSM is designed to provide essential interdisciplinary knowledge for health care practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector who considering a move into managerial or leadership positions. The focus is therefore on providing students with an introduction to the essential information they will require to become effective managers in the Canadian healthcare system. Development of critical thinking and decision-making skills is embedded in the courses, which begins to prepare graduates to function effectively as managers/administrators in a wide range of public and private health care environments.
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