Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Care Management

Program Snapshot

Get the Skills You Need to Lead in Healthcare

Now, more than ever, Canada’s health care system needs strong, compassionate and capable leaders. By studying CBU’s Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Care Management, the only of its kind in the Maritimes, you’ll learn the essential skills and aspects of managing and leading a health care unit successfully and efficiently.

In a climate of rising costs and tighter budgets, health care units are in the continual process of adapting, innovating and reinventing themselves. Health care organizations are looking for employees who are knowledgeable of policy and quality of service directives and, at the same time, have the skills to manage people, resources, innovation and costs. The comprehensive curriculum of this program allows students to learn essential aspects of managing a health care unit, including accounting, statistics, analytics, organizational behavior and more, all within a culturally respectful environment.

This program is for domestic or international students who have an undergraduate degree, and wish to pursue supervisory careers in the field of health care. Or, for those students wishing to gain a foundational knowledge of management prior to pursuing a Master’s degree.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Understand the effect of external environments (political, legal, market, sector) on the management of health care organizations
  • Use data analytics tools and techniques to make strategic decisions, support operational goals and maximize resources
  • Understand and respect the diverse beliefs, values and health care needs of the community, including Indigenous health care priorities, barriers and needs
  • Ability to integrate technical knowledge of management, incorporating theoretical and ethical concepts in managing people, operations and finances

Why study at CBU?

To ensure this program meets Nova Scotia and Canada’s current health care climate and system needs, CBU’s Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Care Management was developed in consultation with more than 10 individuals and organizations within the health care and business sector of Nova Scotia. Consultations included representatives from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Membertou First Nations, local Chamber of Commerce and more.

Along with gaining the skills necessary to lead in Canada’s health care system, as a student studying in this program, you’ll receive direct mentoring from professors with expertise in health care and business sectors. Your professors, along with Career Services staff, will help students secure and succeed in internships and capstone projects.

As a university with students from more than 50 countries, CBU proudly offers the chance for students to work and learn within diverse groups and teams. Carefully designed case studies, projects, presentations and peer critiques foster this diverse environment and the chance to learn from not only sector professionals, but peers as well.

Sample Courses

  • Health Care Workplace Communications
  • Human Resource Management
  • Health Care Analytics
  • Health Care Emergency Preparedness Health Risk Assessment
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
  • A full list of courses is available here.

Possible Career Paths

Upon graduation with a Health Care Management Diploma, students can pursue employment and gain practical experience in a variety of organizations in the health sector, such as hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics and medical practices.

Graduates of this program will also be well-equipped to enter into CBU’s MBA in Community Economic Development program. If while studying in the Health Care Management program students maintain a 70% average, they will qualify for credit transfers towards 1-2 MBA courses.

Possible careers include:

  • Administrative Support Specialist
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Administration Officer
  • Healthcare Human Resources Manager

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Choice of completing a 12-week internship placement within an organization
  • Or, completing a capstone project where students are supervised and closely mentored by their professors, having the opportunity to apply skills to a business project.

Admission Requirements

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a 70% average from a recognized university
  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a 70% average from a recognized university
  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

Please select your country to view admission requirements.

Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU: