Practicum—Senior Field Placement in Health Administration (Revision 1)
Delivery Mode: Practicum
Area of Study: Applied Studies
Prerequisite: HADM 235 and all other courses required in the student’s health administration program. Permission of the course professor is required.
Precluded Courses: APST 335; HADM 335. HADM 435 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for APST 335 or HADM 335.
HADM 435 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This six-credit course encompasses work experience linked to study in health administration in order to assist students to synthesize and apply their learning from other courses taken in the health administration program. The field placement provides opportunities for students to learn about and practice skills associated with operational, administrative, and managerial aspects of the health-care system through a minimum 240-hour work experience within a health facility or health-related organization. Placements for the practicum are typically located in the student’s area of residence and arranged in collaboration amongst the student, the host organization, pertinent university staff, and the program coordinator. This transition-to-practice course is expected to help alleviate the well-documented unease that new graduates feel as they move from student to practitioner or from staff to administrator, or when experienced administrators are transitioning from unrelated fields into the realm of health care or into a new role within the health field.
The roles, responsibilities, and functions of health administrators are very diverse. Health administrators might have specific responsibilities for policy decisions, budgets, department management, or human resources, or these responsibilities may be encompassed by one job description. Ideally, when students are doing their practicum, they spend time with health administrator preceptors who are charged with day-to-day decisions, and those responsible for long-term business strategies. With the guidance of and in collaboration with these preceptors, students will strengthen their understanding of the breadth and depth of health administrator roles, responsibilities, and challenges, and thereby enhance their own administrative and managerial skills and competencies.
During the HADM 435 practicum, in addition to enhancing their knowledge, skills, and competencies in health administration in general, students are required to work on a specific independent project, which must be approved by the preceptor and the course tutor. This project will entail some analysis of a contemporary problem or need in the area of leadership, human resource planning, operational planning, organizational design, stakeholders and governance, quality assurance and risk management, or various other aspects of health administration.
To receive credit for HADM 435, students must spend a minimum of 240 hours completing a health administration practicum project and complete all course assignments. The passing mark for each component is 50 percent, and the passing grade for the course is 50 percent. The weighting of each assignment is as follows:
|Assignment 1: Learning Plan and Contract (includes project proposal)||25%|
|Assignment 2: Midterm Report||10%|
|Assignment 3: Activity Journal||10%|
|Preceptor Evaluation of Practicum||Pass/Fail|
|Assignment 4: Oral Presentation||20%|
|Assignment 5: Final Project Report||
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
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.
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 1, February 9, 2015.
Updated March 28 2017 by Student & Academic Services