Health Care Administration International

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0987 | Open for International Students
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The Health Care Administration International Stream program is a business program that will provide health care practitioners with business and leadership fundamentals. The program is geared toward international students who have previous education and work experience in health care who wish to develop their managerial and leadership skills. 

Program Details

Code 0987
Start Date May, January, September
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Campus Kingston
Program Length Four Consecutive Semesters
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Highlights

The international stream provides a four semester option which has been designed to transition students to learning in Canada, becoming familiar with the Canadian Health Care system, and making international students career ready. The curriculum is geared toward providing a wide base of business skills in a health care context such as financial, communication, human resources, leadership, operations, and critical thinking. Graduates of the program would be suited for careers in entry or middle management positions in a wide variety of health care settings such as clinics, hospitals, and private facilities. The program is delivered over four 15-week semesters.

Program Outline


This course introduces students to the way in which the Canadian government is structured and organized at the national, provincial, and to a lesser extent municipal levels. The executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are explained. Particular emphasis is placed on the division of powers in the federal system. Elections, political parties, and their leaders are also investigated.

Being able to communicate effectively is necessary for professional employment and for conducting academic research. Through engaging activities using key learning strategies, students practice oral and written skills to enable them to communicate well in professional and academic environments.

This course examines the importance of acquiring human relations skills and effective communication behaviours as well as the ability to think critically in order to work effectively in a professional setting. Students can expect to enhance their understanding of themselves and their personal communication style through leadership and teamwork skill development. Human relations also involves examining the effects of bias, stereotypes and stigmatization as well as the development of successive generations of leaders and mentors. 

Career and Professional Development provides students with processes to interpret workplace behaviours and differentiate which behaviours are progressive or deconstructive in relation to healthcare management goals. Through self-assessment, students compare their own values, skills, traits and characteristics to the needs of health management organizations. Observation, reflection, goal-setting, ethics, communication, employee engagement and leadership are major themes that students correlate to developing a progressive career path.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of computer technology required to successfully communicate, present, produce and interpret documents, delineate data in spreadsheets, understand database systems and conduct effective search techniques that are essential in a professional medical environment.  In addition to Microsoft Office applications, students explore how the basic computer works and identify a variety of computer classifications and the major hardware components in order to make informed decisions needed in a fast-paced health care administration environment.  Students explore the importance of academic honesty and integrity guidelines by creating documents that follow recognized citation formats and by conducting effective research searches to support document production. Course content is delivered using lecture and discussion formats. Practical hands-on assignments, student presentations, quizzes and tests reinforce the content and skills that are taught.

This course will provide students with basic financial skills required to manage within a healthcare organization. Students will use analytical and critical thinking skills to solve financial problems typical in health care. A focus of the course will be on the financial decision making in order to effectively manage organizational resources and implement strategic decisions.

This course will provide students with the skills to communicate effectively in a professional health care environment. Students will produce and communicate correspondence that reinforces strategic and operational goals of the organization. Students will be required to use a variety of research tools and technologies (including social media) to prepare and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.

This course will provide technical skills development in the use of computer applications such as word, excel, access, powerpoint, and enterprise systems. Students will learn how to use these applications to improve communications, support strategic and operations goals, improve human relations and organizational culture. Students will also learn the importance of developing and maintaining a secure information system to protect client confidentiality.
This course will provide an introduction to the theories and practices of effective health care leadership. Students will apply theory and research skills to explore and resolve organizational challenges and support strategic goals. Students will explore the impact of leadership on decision-making, ethics, human relations, and organizational culture.
This case based course will allow students to research, reflect, and communicate ethical decision making as applied to operational and strategic goals in a health care environment. Students will be required to look at ethical decision making from a variety of stakeholder perspectives.

This course will provide an overview of the current legal landscape within Canadian Health Care with emphasis on Ontario. Students will explore the impact of legal decisions on the provision of service delivery, labour relations, policy, and other managerial functions. Students will also explore the role of institutional governance, accreditation, and risk management in health care.

This course provides an overview of the current federal and provincial policy impacting the operation and service delivery of health care in Ontario. Students will become familiar with the internal and external factors impacting policy decision making and implementation.
This course will teach students the process of critical thinking and decision making and will apply these skills to solve management and leadership problems in health care. Students will use quantitative and qualitative data to support decision making. Students will practice managerial and leaderships skills that support effective problem solving.

This course will explore the impact of managerial decision making on operational effectiveness. Topics included are project management, facilities management, supply chain, and effective service delivery. Students will become familiar with the environmental factors that affect health care operations and determine the impact on organizational resources.

This course will teach students the process of critical thinking and decision making and will apply these skills to solve management and leadership problems in health care. Students will use quantitative and qualitative data to support decision making. Students will practice managerial and leadership skills that support effective problem solving.

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This course will provide students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to manage staff, create a positive organizational culture, lead within a unionized workplace. The course will provide an overview of the Human Resources areas that most significantly impact a health care administrator, such as health and safety, training and development, and labour relations.

This course will provide an overview of the techniques used to collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative health care data. Students will be required to use research and critical thinking skills to interpret and present data. Students will be able to apply statistical analysis to support decision-making for strategic, organizational and quality improvement.

This course is designed to enable students to explore areas of vocational interest using environmental scanning. Students use research skills and community interaction to develop a portfolio of specific sectors and industries of interest to them. They examine these areas from a Canadian context in order to enhance their academic and future professional success.

Students will research, prepare, and present in-depth analysis of a current managerial problem facing health care administrators. Students are expected to apply a wide variety of concepts presented in other courses including the impact of the problem on human resources, organizational culture, leadership, finances, operations, policy and strategic operational goals.

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This course is an analysis of innovation and change management frameworks in a rapidly changing business environment. Students explore the concepts and methodologies related to innovation and change management. Students learn about best practices for organizational change and creating cultures of innovation. Topics covered include the reasons for change, factors that influence change, and how change affects all aspects of business.


Admission Requirements

Two or three year College Diploma or University Degree.

Other Requirements

It is recommended that students have education and/or work experience in a Health Care industry.



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$15,050.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,886.66 CAD
$16,936.66 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.


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Program Contacts

Program Contact
Julie White

613-544-5400, ext. 1968

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514