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Making a difference

Making a difference

Health systems worldwide are undergoing a profound transformation. Multiple indicators of stress suggest that healthcare systems are under significant pressure to better utilize scarce resources in an effort to meet the needs of a changing patient base. While these are sobering thoughts as we contemplate the future care of our loved ones, there are also opportunities for us to improve the “business of healthcare” so as to better meet the challenges of tomorrow. As the only health systems program embedded in a business school in Canada, we offer a unique opportunity to gain a strong management perspective in order to make an impact on how health systems are managed and health services are delivered.

The Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems (MSc HS) cultivates researchers and industry leaders who will lead this transformation. We have developed a multi-talented, multidisciplinary core group of faculty who specialize in applying both qualitative and quantitative methods to health systems. Students in our program have come from varied disciplines including sociology, psychology, engineering, business and a number of health-related fields. They have studied such diverse topics as wait time management, human resource planning, inter-professional team development, capacity planning, information technology adoption and impacts, quality of care and patient perceptions of illness. What they have in common is a strong desire to apply their knowledge to help improve the qualit y and timeliness of care in health systems in Canada and around the world. 

See healthcare as a system

Students in the Telfer MSc program learn to think of health systems more holistically, recognizing the increasing need for a continuum of care from community engagement to acute services. For instance, primary care, preventive medicine and disaster preparedness are all components of a health system that are often underappreciated and under-researched.

Enrich your studies by working accross disciplines

Our MSc program draws on the expertise of faculty and researchers from many fields, including management, operations research, computer science, medicine, health sciences, health services, administration, sociology, psychology, nursing, and economics. Working with professors from across disciplines is seen as a significant asset to developing a systems approach to healthcare management.

Start your journey here

Are you ready to take your first big step toward a rewarding career in health-systems researcher? Start your journey here:

Prepare to excel in a challenging field. Get ready to make a difference in modern healthcare. Choose the Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems.