Health Administration (HADM) 400

Health Care Law (Revision 3)


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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: HADM 369 and professor approval.

Precluded Courses: HADM 400 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 401.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HADM 400 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Health Care Law is a rapidly growing field of study in the Canadian Health Care system and health care law field. Health care and human services professionals working in hospital settings, as well as community-based care facilities should benefit from this course. This course provides an understanding of the Canadian legal system relevant to clinical practice and policy making. The building blocks of legal analysis are essential to getting the most from this course.

Health law is a field that touches most people's life. This course is designed as a survey of key contemporary issues in health law. It emphasizes case study learning. Its objective is to teach you to think just enough like a lawyer to work through problems with legal aspects. This course contains only general information, which will have to be applied carefully to specific situations, and does not replace professional advice where the situation recommends it.

In this course, we will move, unit by unit, through this learning process, beginning with sources of law, moving to issue identification, then to legal analysis, and to the application of law to facts.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Health Law
  • Unit 2: Health Law and the Canadian Health Care System
  • Unit 3: Health Law and Health Professional Regulation
  • Unit 4: Clinical Malpractice and Disclosure of Health Care Error
  • Unit 5: General Principles of the Law of Consent
  • Unit 6: Specific Problems in the Law of Consent
  • Unit 7: Health Information
  • Unit 8: Reproductive Decision-Making
  • Unit 9: End-of-Life Decision-Making
  • Unit 10: Health Law and Genetics


To receive credit for HADM 400, you must achieve a minimum composite course grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent) and a mark of 50 percent or more on each assignment, as well as the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Final Exam Total
25% 25% 50% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Downie, J., Caulfield, T., & Flood, C. M. (Eds.). (2011). Canadian health law and policy (4th ed.). Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada.

Other Materials

All other materials will be accessed online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HADM 400 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least "C-" (60 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, May 5, 2015.

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Updated May 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services