Athabasca University’s collaboration with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) allows students to earn both an MBA and the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation, Canada’s only professional credential available to health leaders. CCHL is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to developing, promoting, advancing and recognizing excellence in health leadership.

Lead tomorrow’s health care industry with an education that combines comprehensive business management knowledge with today’s most advanced health leadership practices.

What does the CHE designation say about you? Having these additional credentials demonstrates your dedication to your profession, indicates knowledge of the latest health leadership practices, and exemplifies your dedication to lifelong learning.

Steps towards your online MBA for executives and CHE credentials:

To be accepted into the AU online MBA, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

Once accepted and enrolled, apply for membership with CCHL.

*managerial experience: experience managing people, projects and/or budgets.

After the successful completion of Phase One of the MBA, enroll in the Certified Health Executive (CHE) program. AU MBA students receive a reduction in the CHE program fee.

While you complete your AU MBA, you will receive the following credit toward CHE program requirements:

Once you have completed your MBA*, you will be required to write the CHE online exam, and complete the CHE program evaluation to achieve your CHE designation.

You must apply to the CHE program while still an MBA STUDENT. This agreement does not apply to alumni.




“Striving for excellence in health care is in everybody’s interest. As alumnus of AU’s MBA program who works in health care, I view this partnership with CCHL as a way to open new avenues to higher achievement for health care professionals. By working the MBA and the CHE at the same time, students will not only benefit from advanced management and leadership knowledge, but also from the direct application of some of their MBA coursework to fulfill the requirements of the CHE designation. The MBA and CHE go hand-in-hand to benefit Canadians who work in health care, and Canada’s health care system.”

Dan Silaghi, MD
Manager, Performance Management Unit, Quality and Accountability Branch,
Strategic Directions Division,
Alberta Health and Wellness

About the online CHE program:

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is committed to creating and sustaining a learning environment for its members by offering the only Canadian professional designation available to health leaders. A Certified Health Executive (CHE) is a skilled professional who is committed to both personal career development and their profession. A CHE gains valuable insight into the most advanced health leadership practices and is better able to lead an organization.

The program is a self-directed online program which can be completed at your own pace, within a three year timeframe. The first step in the CHE application process is to become a member of the CCHL.

More Information
CHE Overview (pdf)
CHE Capability Framework (pdf)
CHE Career plan (pdf)
CHE Exam guidelines (pdf)
CHE LEADS in Action Project Guidelines (pdf)

AU Faculty of Business contacts:

General inquiries:

Academic Advisor:
Dr. Kam Jugdev
Professor, Project Management and Strategy

Further information on CCHL and the CHE designation:
Canadian College of Health Leaders at

If you require any further information, please contact:

Sylvie Deliencourt
Certification Program, Leadership Development & Chapter Support
613.235.7218 / 1-800-363-9056 ext 233

* All criteria for acceptance into the CHE program must be met. Being an AU MBA student does not guarantee automatic entry into the CHE program or vice versa.