The Telfer School of Management provides an outstanding environment for students pursuing graduate studies in health care management both from an academic and a professional point of view. In addition to the Master in Health Administration (MHA), the Telfer School of Management offers at the graduate level a master of business administration (MBA), a master of science in management and a master of science in health systems, as well as a number of joint programs with the faculties of Law and of Engineering. Moreover, the MHA program has close links to other faculties including the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine to assure relevance to clinical practice for health service administration. The MHA program participates in one interdisciplinary initiative: the graduate diploma in health services and policy research. For information on the program, please check under those headings in the graduate program list.
The MHA program also has close links with hospitals, long-term care institutions, community health agencies, psychiatric institutions, federal and provincial governments, and international, national, and provincial health organizations to assure curricular relevance and excellence.
Moreover, the program maintains close ties with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the American College of Health Service Executives, and other professional bodies across North America. The emphasis in this program is on proactive management with a vision of humanistic leadership and public service in a period of intense change in health-care systems around the world.
The MHA is closely allied to, and aligned with, the MBA program. MHA students take their core management courses with MBA students. The MHA aims to prepare students for the managerial and leadership responsibilities faced in rapidly changing health-care environments.
The MHA program allows for full-time or part-time study, with the common core management courses (of the MBA) available in either English or French. The MHA health specialization courses are available only in English. The MHA requires an administrative residency of at least 16 weeks that expands the students' experience in health care or health policy and awareness of the applicability of the material covered in the academic portion of the program to the practical world of management of health care. Students can do their administrative residency, in English or in French, at any recognized and approved health agency.
The mission of the MHA program is to prepare ethical and socially responsible professionals to assume management and leadership positions in the changing health service system, primarily in Canada but also internationally, and to strive for excellence in professional education, scholarly research and community service in health systems management. The program focuses on the quality of student experience and education and is engaged in continuous curriculum development through excellence in research and strong links with the community of health core practionners in the field.
Goals and Objectives
Given its mission statement, the MHA program will pursue the following goals:
- Provide comprehensive education in health services and systems management.
- Conduct relevant health management research.
- Make continuous improvements to the program by proactively responding to market needs.
- Create opportunities to effectively link students with the health community to enhance the student’s learning experience.
- Assist students in the development of meaningful career plans.
- Foster strong, ongoing, lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with the MHA Alumni Association, the local Chapter of CCHSE and its members as well as all residency sites and preceptors.
- Provide patient-centered inter-professional learning opportunities.
History of the Program
The master's in health administration (MHA) program began as the School of Hospital Administration in 1964. It changed its name in 1970 to include the notion of health in order to broaden its focus. In 1979, a reorganization of the Faculty of Administration program changed the school's name to the MHA program. Since 1997, the core management disciplines of the MHA program are covered through MBA courses offered to both MBA and MHA students.
One of only three business schools in Canada accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Telfer School is recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the world’s best 290 business schools and has been ranked by the Financial Times as a top 150 business school for the last three years.
Students of health administration are eligible for bursaries, loans and some scholarships which are available to all graduate students. The MHA program offers various admissions scholarships: please consult the Telfer School of Management web site for details.
Students may compete for several awards annually. The MHA Alumni association offers an award of excellence to the MHA student who has completed the best field project as part of his or her residency based on the preceptor's recommendation and an oral presentation. The Robert Wood Johnson Award, is awarded annually by Johnson & Johnson to the graduate of the program who demonstrates the most promise of making a significant contribution to the field of health administration. In addition to this financial assistance, there are a number of other awards and bursaries available to MHA students. Additional information is available from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as well as from the Telfer School of Management graduate programs secretariat.
The Telfer School of Management offers students well-equipped computer facilities. Hardware and software common in business are available. Computers are also used as a main teaching tool in the many multimedia classrooms available on campus.
The MHA program fosters the development of its students' computer skills by providing them with continuous access to the most current suite software, to financial databases, to specialized business software, as well as to the Internet and electronic mail. Computer and multimedia equipment are also available to prepare assignments and class presentations.
In addition to those tools and services provided by the Telfer School of Management, students can access computer, communication and multimedia services provided to all University students.
The Morisset and health sciences libraries of the University house extensive collections of books, periodicals and documents relevant to the arts and sciences, including health administration, general administration and medicine. Students also have access to the National Library and the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (formerly the National Research Council Library), as well as dozens of other specialized collections in Ottawa.