The health care and social service industry in Canada is the second-largest employment sector, with over 1.6 million employees. Health care budgets are growing, the population is aging, and physicians and other health care professionals are in short supply. Rising demands for health care, costlier and more diverse treatments, and an increased awareness of the ways in which infectious disease outbreaks can disrupt service delivery and the economy suggest that it takes more than a medical background to manage these issues.
Laurier Brantford's Health Administration program offers a blend of health studies, leadership, business and contemporary studies courses, designed to give students a broad understanding of the diverse factors affecting the development and delivery of health care, both domestically and internationally. With a complex set of relationships between personnel, organizations and government, health professionals require a diverse set of skills and a broad knowledge base in order to effectively work within the contemporary health-care system.