Move your career forward as a health-care
specialist dedicated to improving patient
outcomes and fostering the well-being of seniors.

Lead change in your organization

The Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Seniors Care is a professional degree for health-care professionals who want to design, deliver and lead comprehensive care and services for seniors in a range of community and organizational settings. This interdisciplinary program combines graduate-level health-care courses with UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School courses – giving you the skills and confidence to take your career in new directions.

Demographic trends have created a pressing need for talented health professionals to guide the future of patient-centered seniors care in community and institutional contexts. Organizations are seeking compassionate health-care specialists who can develop innovative services and programs. They’re also looking for individuals with the business perspective and interpersonal skills to successfully lead teams and guide change.

Choose health care and business

The MHLP in Seniors Care program offers a unique combination of health-care and business classes – giving you the strategic skills to play a leading role in this growing health-care sector. Health-care courses offer a holistic exploration of the epidemiology of aging, the influence of health policy on care, evidence-based decision-making and the environmental aspects of seniors care. Business courses offered by the top-ranked UBC Sauder School of Business give you a solid foundation in data analysis, project management and organizational leadership.

Study full time or part time

Choose from either full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months. With the full-time option, you’ll complete your studies in one year, expanding your knowledge base and skill set in a concentrated time frame.

The part-time option offers flexibility for those who want to continue working while building their health-care leadership skills and knowledge. This enables you to apply your new skills immediately to your workplace, and bring health-care leadership challenges from work into classroom discussions and projects. The part-time option is also an opportunity to build your professional network over two years. Students pursuing this option can expect to be on campus for two half-days per week between Monday and Friday, for approximately 10 hours of weekly in-class time. If you are considering the part-time program, this article gives you a perspective on what your work-life-study may look like.

Gain a competitive edge

Over the 12- or 24-month program you will:

  • be immersed in best practices in seniors care as you develop care strategies, use conceptual and analytical tools, and explore strategies for leading operations and maintaining quality
  • enhance your understanding of policy, leadership and business practices relevant to seniors care
  • learn within diverse clinical practice sites as part of a curriculum grounded in experiential and community-based learning opportunities
  • study with renowned faculty from the UBC School of Nursing, as well as local leaders in public- and private-sector practice sites
  • expand your professional network while collaborating with other MHLP students
  • gain the fundamental business, project management and interpersonal skills to advance your career and confidently take on positions of increased responsibility

Part-time study class schedule

While there is some flexibility, if you’re completing the MHLP in Seniors Care part-time over 24 months, you’ll generally take your business classes and two health-care courses in the first 12-month period. In the second year of the program, you’ll typically focus on your health-care classes. Over two years of part-time study, you’ll attend classes alongside full-time and part-time students, enhancing opportunities to build your professional network.

Learn more about this innovative professional master’s degree from our students and professors.

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