*The application system opens on January 1st, 2021 for all 2022 admissions.
The Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Seniors Care is designed to enable participants to lead, design, and deliver comprehensive care and services for seniors in a range of community and institutional settings.
The proportion of seniors is accelerating rapidly. While many services are provided in the public sector there is an increasing number and range of services for seniors in the private and non-profit sectors as well. These demographic trends highlight the pressing need for health professionals who can create the future of seniors care in the community and institutional contexts.
As a health care specialist in seniors care, you are responsible to improve patient outcomes and foster the well-being of seniors. You have to lead, design, and deliver comprehensive care and services for seniors. With a dual focus on strengthening your skills in the technical aspects of seniors care and deepening your capacity as a leader, this program will help you to develop innovative solutions, manage collaborative teams, and lead projects.
The MHLP is a 12-month/24-month degree starting in January. While 70 percent of your Seniors Care courses will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 30 percent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication, and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.
Study full-time or part-time
Choose from either a full-time (12-month) or part-time (24-month) option. With the 12-month full-time option, you’ll complete your studies in one year, expanding your knowledge base and skill set in a concentrated time frame.
The 24-month part-time option offers flexibility for those who want to continue working while building their business and technical knowledge. By balancing work and study, you’ll be able to apply your new skills immediately to your workplace and bring technical and leadership challenges from work into classroom discussion. This part-time version of the MHLP in Seniors Care also an opportunity to build your professional network for over two years. Students pursuing this option can expect to be on campus for two weekdays each week (approximately 10 hours total).
What makes the program unique?
It only takes 12-months full-time or 24-months part-time to complete the program and get an MHLP degree. Starting in January, in the Seniors Care program, you will:
Deepen your technical skills
Sharpen your business skills
Develop as a leader
Collaborate with industry partners
MHLP students are required to have professional experience before starting the program. That means you will be part of a mature student cohort with a variety of professional and career experiences to draw on when you collaborate on projects with one another. Access to this diversity of knowledge and experience is essential to your development.
Read some of our alumni stories on our website to find out how our graduates have gone on to excel in their careers with their UBC MHLP in Seniors Care.
Degree: Master of Health Leadership and Policy
Subject: Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery: On-campus
Specialization: Seniors Care
Program Components: Coursework only
Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
School: School of Nursing
Our graduates will be in high demand in the private and public sectors. Job opportunities could include conceptualizing and leading seniors-focused clinical programs, leading and managing services for seniors in a range of settings, as well as proposing or analyzing policy initiatives for seniors care. Read some of our alumni stories on our website to find out how our graduates have gone on to excel in their careers with their UBC MHLP in Seniors Care degree. Graduates of the program started in positions, such as Director of Care, Director of Lifestyle and Therapeutic Services, Provincial Coordinator for Advocacy & Public Policy.
Undergraduate degree with an overall average of 76 %
Document proving your current citizenship (usually a passport or other citizenship document from your country) or your Canadian permanent residency
Program Specific Requirements
Undergraduate degree in nursing, social work, dietetics, occupational or physical therapy, or another related field
Three or more years of relevant work experience, of which one year is in seniors care
English language requirements
If you completed your degree at a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of your application:
If your undergraduate or master’s degree was completed outside Canada at an English speaking university, we will accept an official proof of English proficiency letter from the university stating that the primary language of instruction for your degree was English.
If your undergraduate or master’s degree was not taught in English you must provide a valid English language proficiency score:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
A minimum score of 90 (internet-based exam), with minimum component scores of 22 [in reading, listening] and a minimum component score of 21 [in writing, speaking]
Minimum score 55 each for reading, listening, and writing (in the paper-based test), with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0 of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test
The English language proficiency tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. If your English language proficiency results are due to expire soon, you need to submit the official results (in addition to the unofficial results submitted with your online application) to The University of British Columbia, Graduate School Admissions department (IELTS) or using code 0965 (TOEFL). Official test results must be received directly from the issuing organization before the 24-month expiry deadline. The department is not responsible for students unable to submit their results after they have expired.
Students must submit their official test results directly to UBC via the instructions on Submitting your Documents in order for your application to be complete.