Health Administration (HADM) 490

Human Resources Management in Health Care (Revision 2)

HADM 490

Temporarily closed, effective June 3, 2014.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: HADM 339 or professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HADM 490 has a Challenge for Credit option.


HADM 490: Human Resources Management in Health Care is a three-credit course designed to introduce you to the management of human resources in contemporary health care organizations. This course presents a broad overview of the field of health human resources management, and provides students with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies for effectively managing people in health service delivery contexts.

Course Objectives

When you have completed HADM 490: Human Resources Management in Health Care, you should be able to

  1. identify the challenges confronting health care organizations in Canada in the context of managing their human resources;
  2. understand the role of health care professionals in the human resources management function of health care organizations;
  3. construct effective human resources policies for the effective management of people in health care organizations;
  4. discuss the impact of legal considerations on key human resources management activities and functions;
  5. explain the changing nature of jobs and how jobs in health care settings are being redesigned to enhance productivity and patient care quality;
  6. identify strategies for dealing with shortages or surpluses of human resources;
  7. discuss the strategic importance of the recruitment and selection function in health care organizations;
  8. explain the role of employee training and development and its contribution to the mission of the health care organization;
  9. understand the business case for diversity and inclusion in health care organizations;
  10. describe the characteristics of an effective performance management system;
  11. discuss the role of compensation and benefits management for rewarding and motivating health care employees;
  12. summarize the relationship between health and safety issues and human resources management; and
  13. describe the strategic importance of employee relations practices.


HADM 490: Human Resources Management in Health Care is divided into 12 units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Strategic Management of Health Human Resources
  • Unit 2: Regulation of Health Professionals
  • Unit 3: The Legal Environment for Managing Health Human Resources
  • Unit 4: Job Analysis, Job Design and Workload Measurement
  • Unit 5: Health Human Resources Planning
  • Unit 6: Recruitment, Selection and Retention
  • Unit 7: Employee Orientation, Training, Development and Career Planning
  • Unit 8: Diversity Management
  • Unit 9: Performance Management
  • Unit 10: Compensation Management, Employee Benefits and Services
  • Unit 11: Occupational Health and Safety
  • Unit 12: Employee and Labour Relations


To receive credit for HADM 490, you must achieve at least 50 percent on each assignment and a course composite grade of at least a “C-” (60 percent). The following chart lists the study activities and the credit weight associated with each activity.

Policy/Procedure Exercise Case Analysis Unit Discussion Questions Final Assignment Total
25% 30% 20% 25% 100%

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

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Schwind, H., Das, H. & Wagar, T. (2010). Canadian human resource management: A strategic approach (9th ed.). Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available 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 490 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 2, February 21, 2014

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