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.


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)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UVO
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Completed the first year of a college program:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BA program.

Completed a two-year diploma or two years of a three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a BA program.

Completed a two to three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for full-time studies in a BA program.
Note: Possession of the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission. Unless otherwise noted, you are considered for admission into full-time studies.
Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

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


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?

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