Leticia Oliveira

Online MBA for Health Leaders

Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) logoAthabasca 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.

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.

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

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

  • A bachelor’s degree and at least three years of managerial experience (managerial experience includes managing people, projects, and/or budgets). Applicants may also qualify to enter through the accelerated entry route , or
  • An accepted professional designation (see list), and at least five years of managerial experience, or
  • Eight years of managerial experience.


After the successful completion of phase one of the MBA, you can apply for membership with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and apply to the CHE Program. You must apply to the CHE Program prior to graduating from the MBA to be eligible for the benefits associated with this strategic alliance between CCHL and Athabasca University MBA for Health Leaders toward your CHE designation.

Requirements to earn your CHE designation:

  1. Become a member of CCHL and pay annual fees.
  2. Apply to the CHE program before completing AU’s MBA at che@cchl-ccls.ca. Applicants must meet the following entrance criteria and supply the required documents.
    • Complete and submit application form with payment (Reduced rate of $900 for AU MBA student rate).
    • Have two years of health leadership experience in Canada and provide a resume with detailed position description.
    • Provide a letter of reference from a current or former employer.
    • Provide copies of degrees granted.
    • Proof of enrolment with date of completion from the Athabasca University MBA program from the program Director.
  3. Once accepted into the program, candidates must successfully complete the LEADS Online Self-Assessment, Career Development Plan, and online CHE Exam. (Through this alliance AU MBA students are exempt from doing the last component of the CHE Program, the LEADS In Action Project, in recognition of the academic work in health leadership while in the MBA Program)
  4. Applying for CHE guide

Get CHE Credit

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

  • LEADS Learning
  • LEADS in Action Project
  • Seven “MOC I” credits provided when successfully completing the CHE Program towards the maintenance of certification.

For individuals who wish to pursue the CHE designation, CCHL encourages MBA students to apply to the CHE program in Phase 2 of the MBA program. Alumni of the MBA program have up to one year after graduation, to apply to the CHE program to benefit from this strategic partnership.

*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.

About the 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.

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 www.cchl-ccls.ca

If you require any further information, please contact:
Stéphane Joannette
Manager, CHE Program
The Canadian College of Health Leaders
613-235-7218 / 1-800-363-9056 ext. 239

*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.

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