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. 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 Officer 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.


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. The 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. The division:

  • provides provincial governance of health information management;
  • provides leadership by setting provincial priorities for the health system IMIT-enabled investments towards the achievement of business outcomes;
  • coordinates information system planning and management services;
  • develops and implements legislative requirements, policy and best practice information related to the secure exchange of health information;
  • manages Alberta Netcare;
  • manages and align enterprise-wide information technology asset management solutions; and
  • develops and delivers information technology solutions to support ministry operations.

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.

Health Service Delivery

Health Services Delivery is responsible for the delivery of a community-based health care service delivery integrated plan to advance a shift to community. This will include integration and coordination of primary and community care, continuing care, addiction and mental health, emergency health services and indigenous health service delivery. The division works closely with partners to plan across other social-facing ministries and national and provincial governments and organizations.

Financial and Corporate Services

Financial and Corporate Services forecasts and manages the ministry’s budget, funds and monitors the financial activities of the department, provides financial advice and works with the Auditor General in preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements, ensuring compliance with the Government of Alberta financial legislation. The division oversees health facilities planning and co-ordinates infrastructure projects with Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Health Services.

The division is responsible for procurement, grant administration, and general administrative and contracting-based corporate services. A recent addition to the division includes the Health System Labour Relations Unit, which will support activities in budget planning and strategy and liaise with the Public Sector Working Group and labour relations officials at Alberta Health Services. The division:

  • manages, in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Infrastructure, the health capital planning and approval process;
  • develops the ministry’s three-year fiscal plan and the annual budget, forecasting, and monitoring the ministry’s spending;
  • provides assurance that financial management and internal control systems are maintained and adequately address significant financial risk to the Ministry, in addition to, managing revenues and receivables.
  • facilitates procurement and contracting activities and facility management and general reception management; and
  • reviews labour relation trends, to provide evidence and intelligence to inform the development of specific collective bargaining strategies for professions across the public health care sector in Alberta.

Health Workforce Planning and Accountability

Healh Workforce Planning and Accountability oversees the provincial workforce policies and regulations, provider compensation, health provider major agreements, and the governance and administration of the Alberta Medical Association Agreement. The division works in close collaboration with its key stakeholders, including physicians, professional colleges and associations, and other partners, both internal and external to the Government of Alberta, to design and administer evidence-informed, value-oriented policies and health benefits that serve the needs of all Albertans. The total budget for this division is $4.6 billion dollars and there are 71 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

Innovations and Stakeholder Relations

Innovation and Stakeholder Relations works to set the conditions for increased innovation adoption in Alberta's health care system. The division's goal is to build the strongest health innovation ecosystem in Canada by accelerating the adoption and diffusion of new innovative health technologies and processes that will improve patient outcomes and add value to the system

This goal will be achieved by actively engaging with health system providers, leading and emerging health industry firms, post-secondary institutions and others to drive collaboration across the health care system.

The division consists of the Research and Innovation Branch and the Stakeholder Initiatives Unit. The division is responsible for:

  • identifying strategic priorities for health research and innovation, in coordination with Alberta Health Services, Alberta Innovates, post-secondary institutions, and other stakeholders;
  • generating evidence to support innovation and policy development and decision-making;
  • managing the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund grants for research and innovation;
  • facilitating partnerships and other opportunities to bring new innovation into Alberta's health system;
  • stakeholder outreach in support of Ministry innovation priorities.

Pharmaceutical and Supplementary Benefits

Pharmaceutical and Supplementary Benefits is accountable for the governance and administration of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Program (AHCIP), remuneration systems and claims processing for physicians, allied health professionals, and interprovincial reciprocal financial arrangements. The division is also responsible for the registration, maintenance and remuneration of physicians, allied health practitioners, Albertans and facilities along with interprovincial billing and coordination of Out of Province and Out of Country Health Service Programs

The division designs and delivers community-based supplementary health benefit programs on behalf of Albertans requiring pharmaceutical, chiropractic, optical, dental and other medical supports. The benefit programs include: premium-free drugs and supplementary benefits coverage to seniors and low-income seniors and pharmacist administered vaccinations.

The division also provides leadership to national and provincial organizations to ensure accountable and appropriate delivery of blood, organ and tissue donations, dialysis and oversight of care delivery in rural hospitals and responsible to expand capacity in provincial clinical services.

Strategic Coordination and Operations Team

The Strategic Coordination and Operations Team (SCOT) acts as a hub to manage the operations of the ministry and support the processes that develop and deliver the ministry’s priorities and daily work. SCOT is responsible for:

  • human resource services include business consulting, talent acquisition and organizational effectiveness;
  • legal and strategic advice to the ministry;
  • strategic planning;
  • business planning and annual reporting;
  • enterprise risk management;
  • indigenous health policy and engagement;
  • development of strategic policy frameworks and health system policy;
  • strategic advice on federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) health issues;
  • coordinating the delivery of ministry policy and funding initiatives;
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office;
  • Ministerial Correspondence Team;
  • stakeholder engagement;
  • measurement and evaluation;
  • centre of organizational learning;
  • health sector governance;
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) accountability,  relations and issues management;
  • the Office of the Senior Provincial Clinical Advisor (SPCA) which provides clinical expertise and strategic advice on a wide range of provincial health policy and program specific areas within the ministry. The SPCA, in collaboration with defined program areas, also provides executive leadership in selected initiatives, including liaison with AHS’ Strategic Clinical Networks.


Updated: March 30, 2017