Health Administration (BA)

Learn about diverse factors that affect the provision, management and usage of health care in Canada and around the world. Discover contemporary healthcare systems and how they should change to meet the growing demand for services. Explore life-saving technological advances, preventative health care and strategies to help people access treatments. Graduate prepared to pursue important non-clinical leadership roles in Canada’s healthcare systems.

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Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll get in the Health Administration program:

  • Complete a co-op or field placement as part of the Conestoga graduate certificate program in Human Resources Management or Management in Community Services.
  • Join the Health Studies Student Association and plan events for you and other students.
  • Take the health-care practicum course allowing you to pursue your specific interests in health administration, while earning course credit.
  • Thinking about graduate school? Participate in the Academic, Creative and Engaged Research Showcase (ACERS) to share your academic work with the public and Laurier community.

Check out the Health Administration Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UVO

Program Details

What is Health Administration?

Technological advances can prolong life, but they aren’t available to everyone. We have healthcare systems that offer treatments when we get sick, but why do we fall ill in the first place? And why do only some people use the health care system when they are sick?

The Health Administration program provides you with a broad understanding of the diverse factors affecting the provision, management and utilization of health care, both domestically and internationally.

You'll take a blend of health studies, leadership, and management courses to provide you with an overview of the factors influencing health and illness and an understanding of Canadian healthcare systems.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for important non-clinical roles in the healthcare sector across Canada.

Earn a Degree and Certificate in Only Four Years

Combine theory and practice! You'll have the opportunity to specialize in either Human Resources Management or Management in Community Services through an integrated graduate certificate program through Conestoga College. You’ll earn both your degree from Laurier and your graduate certificate from Conestoga at the Brantford campus, all in only four years. (Normally, it would take you five to complete both.)

The combination of theory and practice will allow you to develop a greater understanding of the systems currently in place, the changes the systems may undergo to meet the growing demand for services, and how to operate successfully within the healthcare setting.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor
  • Law Option
  • Physical Forensics Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Academic Literacy: Social Sciences
  • Aging: Realities and Myths
  • Communications Skills for Leadership
  • Leadership Foundations
  • Modernity and the Contemporary World
  • Physical Determinants of Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • three electives

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Critical Disabilities Studies
  • Disease and Society
  • Introduction to Psychology

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Death and Dying
  • Leadership, Culture and Change
  • Power, Politics and Health

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Community Service-Learning

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Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"Brantford is a small and diverse campus so you get to interact with students from different backgrounds, and can get the assistance you need from your professors easily. I also like that the City of Brantford has diverse restaurants with delicious food, not to mention an amazing view of the Grand River right near campus."

Ali I., Laurier graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • cancer centre/hospice director
  • disability claims manager
  • health care administrator
  • nursing home administrator
  • policy analyst
  • social services administrator
  • wellness coordinator

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Brantford Campus

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. Close to great walking and biking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour our Brantford campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.