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Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Develop knowledge and expertise in the field of Health Administration, exclusively in an online format.


Learn and apply knowledge about management and leadership competencies needed in healthcare organizations, with a Northern, rural and Indigenous focus.

The Master of Health Administration is a unique, comprehensive, accessible graduate program. It is a partnership between the graduate Nursing and Master of Business Administration programs at Laurentian University. The program was designed to meet the needs not only of nurses but all other healthcare providers who have transitioned to health administration. With an understanding that prospective students live in all areas of Canada from urban to remote and that travel for education isn’t feasible for all, we've designed a fully online delivery for maximum accessibility. The program content encompasses all essential knowledge for health administrators in addition to having a strong rural, northern and Indigenous focus.

The Master of Health Administration program equips healthcare providers with the foundational knowledge to succeed in managerial and leadership roles in healthcare organizations. Students enrolled in the program benefit from a comprehensive curriculum related to this field and system in Canada including considerations for historical, political, regulatory and cultural differences. Ethical considerations in health care are also a primary focus of the program, which supports the enhanced development of students’ analysis of their own assumptions, values, principles, strengths and limitations. Embedded in all courses is content related to Indigenous health administration, and graduates of the program will gain specialized knowledge about Northern, rural, and Indigenous healthcare organizations. Both theoretical and descriptive content with real-world experience and applications are studied by students in the program which culminates with a capstone project. This program is available to students by distance in reflection of course content offered exclusively online.

The deadline for applications to the program is February 1st for each year for Fall entry. Entry is in the Fall only.

Key Features

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The program’s curriculum is designed to combine both theoretical and descriptive content with real-world experiences.
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Courses are offered online, using both synchronous and asynchronous learning formats. The program may be taken full-time or part-time.
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Graduates will be skilled and adept in the management and leadership of healthcare organizations.

Career Opportunities

Health care management, and various leadership roles in health care administration including but not limited to the following fields: audiology, chiropractic care, dentistry, dietetics, genetic counseling, medical radiation technology, midwifery, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, family medicine, physiotherapy, psychology, nursing, social work, and speech-language pathology.

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Program Details

Faculty Members

Emily Donato

Emily Donato

School of Nursing
Judith Horrigan

Judith Horrigan

School of Nursing
Roberta Heale

Roberta Heale

School of Nursing