Message from the MHA Program Director

Nick Bansback

Dr. Nick Bansback

Welcome to the Master of Health Administration in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at UBC.

Our health care system is becoming increasingly complex, and facing more opportunities and challenges than ever before. Our program seeks to develop individuals who will excel in these environments. Read about some of our over 400 alumni for whom the program has propelled them into exciting new paths in health care management including senior manager and director roles in information systems, facilities planning, finance, operations, and patient safety, among many others.

With our modular weekend course format, you don’t need to put your career on hold. You can keep up a full-time work schedule while also gaining new insights to bring back to your organization, benefitting students and employers alike. The program is designed to prepare graduates with the core competencies that are required for leaders in health care administration. In the classroom, we bring together students with diverse perspectives to engage in debates while working towards the common goal of delivering effective health care.

“Students often ask me about the difference between an MHA and an MBA. While health care can learn a lot from the business world, it’s important to remember there are critical differences.”

Patients are not products and health care facilities are often more complicated than factories. The health system has added layers of complexity compared to other sectors, given that its core mission is delivering care to all while building consensus amid competing individual, social and political interests. Our instructors teach the business practices of top-performing companies and translate them for the unique needs of health care.

MHA students envision a career and future in health care and are committed to invest academically and professionally to realize this goal. If you are considering the MHA for your further education and training, we invite you to learn more about our program and contact us to discuss your next steps.

Nick Bansback, PhD
Director, Master of Health Administration
Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health