Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.
Honours BA Health Administration
The Honours BA Health Administration program is only available at the Brantford campus.
The Health Administration program provides students with a broad understanding of the diverse factors affecting the provision, management, and utilization of health care. This program is developed around a core of courses in health studies and leadership, and includes completion of a Conestoga College postgraduate certificate. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume integral roles in the health care sector in Canada.
The Honours Health Administration program consists of 20 credits, of which no more than 7.0 may be at the 100 level. The program must include a minimum of 14.0 credits within Health Administration. Students must complete all required courses (7.5 credits) from the Health Studies and Leadership categories, plus a minimum of 1.5 additional Health Administration credits, and 5.0 credits from either of Conestoga’s post-graduate certificates in Human Resources Management or Community and Social Service Management.
All students in the program must successfully complete the Foundations curriculum: BF190, BF199, BF290, and BF299.
Note: For any academic concerns or help understanding program requirements, contact Academic Advising.
Required Heath Studies Courses (5.5 credits)
- HS101, HS200, HS201, HS220, HS227/CT227, HS233/CC233/OL233, HS321, HS322, HS402*, HS408
Required Leadership Courses (2.0 credits)
- JN109/MB109/OL109: Interpersonal Communications in Contemporary Society
- OL140: Leadership Foundations
- OL224: Organizational Leadership
- OL340: Leadership, Culture and Change
Additional Health Administration Courses (minimum of 1.5 credits)
In choosing from the following list of optional courses, students should be aware that some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.
- HR100, HR261 (with CSL), HS203, HS219, HS250, HS302, HS303, HS305, HS307, HS314, HS329, HS331, HS344, HS346, HS347, HS401*, HS405, HS410, HS411, HS412, OL251, OL365, OL370, OL415.
Students in the Honours Health Administration program must specialize in Human Resources Management or Community and Social Services Management through an articulation agreement with Conestoga College. See more information in the section below.
- Refer to the University Undergraduate Regulations chapter of the Academic Calendar for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.
- Students completing the honours program in Health Administration are excluded from completing the Honours Community Health and the Honours Leadership programs, the minor in Community Health as well as the Management Option. Students may declare a minor in Leadership.
Health Administration with Conestoga
The Human Resources Management program and the Community and Social Services Management program are post-graduate programs offered through Conestoga College on the Laurier Brantford campus. Through an articulation agreement between Conestoga and Laurier Brantford, Health Administration students in their Third Year must enroll in either program in their third year. These students return to Laurier in their fourth year to complete their Honours BA degree.
Am I Eligible to Attend Conestoga in the Fall?
To be eligible to attend Conestoga, you must have:
- Completed a minimum of 10.0 credits, including OL224
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 5.0 (C), and a major GPA of 5.0 (C)
How Do the Conestoga Courses Fit Into My Program?
To earn transfer credit, you must complete all courses in the Human Resources Management or the Community and Social Services Management program with a minimum 70% average. Students can expect to receive 5.0 senior transfer credits as follows: 2.5 credits of senior Leadership and 2.5 credits of senior miscellaneous electives. Once you complete the program, you must arrange for your Conestoga transcript to be sent to Laurier for the transfer credits to be applied to you record. Conestoga will waive the transcript fees.
Your tuition and OSAP will be paid to Conestoga during the year you are attending the certificate program. Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive information from Conestoga on tuition payments, etc.
Steps to Apply
- Make an Academic Advising Appointment to ensure you meet the prerequisites for the program.
- Apply to the Human Resources Management program or the Community and Social Services Management program online through the Ontario College Application Service.
- Complete the Student Declaration of Third-Year Specialization form and submit to your Laurier program office via Tania Iezzi in RCE 208 no later than Feb. 1.
- Complete the Human Resources Management or the Community and Social Services Management courses in 3rd year and earn a minimum average of 70%.
- Upon completion of the program, arrange for your transcripts to be sent to Laurier.
How Foundations Works with Health Studies Programs
If you are in a Health Studies program at Laurier Brantford, Foundations courses are part of your degree requirements. You cannot graduate without finishing the four Foundations courses.
Because the following two courses will probably help you most with your second-year Health Studies courses, we strongly recommend that you complete them in your first year. Senior-level Heath Studies courses may hold you accountable for the material covered in these courses.
- BF290: Academic Literacy: Social Sciences: This course will give you a basic introduction to how research is conducted in the social sciences, and Health Studies methods courses build upon the foundation offered in BF290. You will learn how to find, critically assess, and discuss social science research. This will be helpful in your senior-level Health Studies courses as you engage more with primary research and write your own research summaries.
- BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World: This course will introduce you to some of the key concepts that have shaped political debate in the “Western” and global world since the 19th century. With a solid grounding in the history of modern thought, you will be better equipped to understand critical concepts in health studies, particularly as they relate to the social determinants of health and the organization of health care systems.
The following two courses, to be taken in your second year, will make you a better scholar, and can help you better engage in any course you take.
- BF299: Academic Literacy: Humanities: This course will help you read more carefully, discern and form better arguments, and write clearer, sharper, better-organized essays. Being a strong writer and communicator will help you with the assignments in all your senior-level courses, and it is an important life skill.
- BF199: Modernity: Critique and Resistance: This course, the successor to BF190, will introduce you to some of the concepts and issues that face the contemporary world. Much health studies research comes from a desire to better understand how individuals’ health status is influenced by social processes, and this course will provide context for some of the issues that those employed in the health and social services sector are concerned with.