Organizational structure for Ministry of Health

Alberta Health ensures that Albertans receive the right health care services, at the right time, in the right place, provided by the right health care providers and teams. Our desired outcomes include:

  1. improve health outcomes for all Albertans;
  2. the well-being of Albertans is supported through population health initiatives;
  3. Albertans receive care from highly skilled health care providers and teams working to their full scope of practice; and
  4. a high quality, stable, accountable and sustainable health system.

Each division in Alberta Health has an assigned mandate to support the achievement of these outcomes.

Deputy Minister's Office

The Deputy Minister's Office provides leadership and encourages innovation for the purpose of encouraging and supporting healthy living; ensuring quality health services; leading the health system; and working collaboratively with partners. It provides policy co-ordination and issues management, human resources, and communications support and correspondence services for the minister and department.

  • Communications – The Communications branch provides Albertans and health system partners with information about Health’s initiatives, programs and policies. Communications professionals develop ministry and cross-government communications plans, and offer communications consulting, assistance and advice. They provide media relations and issues management, deliver professional writing and editing, and facilitate print, audio and video production, graphic design and advertising, and online communications using the web and social media. The branch works closely with Alberta Health Services and other reporting entities to coordinate ministry communications.

Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH), works within the ministry, across government ministries, and with other stakeholders to facilitate processes, policies and programs that build healthy communities. The OCMOH provides public health expertise to support health surveillance, population health and disease control initiatives on issues of public health importance. This includes necessary measures to respond to new and emerging pathogens, control and intervention programs to limit the spread of communicable diseases, infection prevention and control measures, and health risk assessments.

The Chief Medical Office of Health is a member of the Alberta Health executive team and reports to the Deputy Minister of Health, and is the principal spokesperson on public health for the department regarding communicable and non-communicable disease matters. In extraordinary situations, such as a public health emergency, to ensure the welfare of Albertans, the Chief Medical Officer of Health may report directly to the Minister of Health.


Strategic Planning & Policy Development

Strategic Planning & Policy Development is the central policy shop for the Ministry and the catalyst for excellence in Ministry decision making to meet Albertan’s and health system needs. The division is responsible for:

  • strategic and business planning;
  • development of strategic policy frameworks and health system policy including stakeholder engagement;
  • connection between research, innovation and policy;
  • FOIP;
  • stakeholder engagement;
  • measurement and evaluation;
  • health sector governance; and
  • Alberta Health Services accountability and performance agreement.

Public Health and Compliance

Public Health and Compliance functions to protect the health of Albertans by providing strategic direction and leadership in the development of provincial policies, strategies, and standards in compliance monitoring, communicable diseases, immunization, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and health promotion. The division utilizes this function to support innovation and engage Albertans in wellness, health promotion and injury and disease prevention. This division is responsible for:

  • licensing, resolving compliance concerns related to legislation, directives and standards by conducting audits, investigations, system reviews and promoting best practice for the promotion of assurance and patient quality and safety;
  • development of policies, strategies, standards and legislation for communicable disease, immunization, environmental health and emergency preparedness; and
  • development of policy options and action to support health promotion, including injury and disease prevention, and screening.

Health Information Systems

Health Information Systems manages the administration of Alberta’s Health Information Act including health information policy and advice as well as the strategic planning and delivery of information management and technology systems.
This division is responsible for:

  • coordinating information system planning and management services;
  • development and implementation of legislative requirements, policy and best practice information related to the secure exchange of information;
  • managing Alberta Netcare;
  • manage and align enterprise-wide information technology asset management solutions; and
  • develop and deliver information technology solutions to support ministry operations.

Professional Services and Health Benefits

Professional Services and Health Benefits oversees the provincial workforce policies and regulations, provider compensation and major agreements, pharmaceuticals and supplemental benefits and governance and administration of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

Health Standards, Quality and Performance

Health Standards, Quality and Performance will focus on the evidence based development, negotiation, monitoring and renewal of health service standards. It will provide leadership in quality enhancement activities for the health system. In addition, it will consolidate and enhance system reporting and performance management capabilities by combining the ministry’s analytics and data management functions. The addition of the ministry’s health economics and funding capacity will support the cost effective application of standards and quality setting functions across the system.

  • Senior Medical Advisor – The Senior Medical Advisor provides executive leadership, strategic advice, and clinical expertise to the Deputy Minister and Executive Team on a wide range of provincial health policy and program specific issues. Working closely with the Senior Nursing Advisor on human health resource planning, the Senior Medical Advisoralso works with external stakeholders and organizations on physician compensation, primary care reform, professional standards and practice, safety and quality initiatives, in addition to oversight and coordination of key activities of the Ministry.
  • Senior Nursing Advisor – The Senior Nursing Advisor provides executive leadership, strategic advice and nursing expertise to the Deputy Minister and Executive Team on a wide range of provincial health policy and program specific issues relevant to delivery and care standards as best practices as well as provide input into health human resource planning. The Senior Nursing Advisoralso works in collaboration with the Senior Medical Advisor and with external stakeholders and organizations on the advancement of the nursing profession such as the nurse practitioner role, primary care reform, professional standards and practice, safety and quality initiatives, in addition to oversight and coordination of key activities of the Ministry.

Health Service Delivery

Health Service Delivery provides policy direction and oversight in the areas of primary and continuing care, addiction and mental health, provincial services and emergency medical services. This division is responsible for:

  • developing and implementing direction for a provincial primary health care strategy;
  • leading the implementation of the Alberta Addiction and Mental Health Strategy; and
  • development of health policy, regulations, standards, codes and targets for success. The division also monitors performance and implementation plans for areas of oversight responsibility.

Financial and Corporate Services

The Financial and Corporate Services Division forecasts and manages the ministry’s budget; funds and monitors its financial activities; and prepares the department and ministry financial statements to ensure that goals set by government are met. Working with Alberta Infrastructure, the division approves project planning documents and prepares the provincial health capital plan submission. The division also has the function of human resource services for the department, as well as providing general administrative and contracting-based corporate services to enable the department to fulfill its mandate. The division is responsible for:

  • establishing major health capital project priorities for funding consideration;
  • developing the ministry’s three-year fiscal plan and the annual budget, forecasting, and monitoring the ministry’s spending;
  • facilitating procurement and contracting activities;
  • facility management and general reception management; and
  • human resource strategy and consulting.

Updated: July 19, 2016