Health Administration (HADM) 336

Community Health Planning (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: HADM 339 Students without HADM 339 require professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HADM 336 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course involves a systematic examination of the health status of the Canadian population. It asks, What are the common illnesses affecting the general population, and how can we minimize them through community action? This course examines the major communicable and non-communicable diseases. It also examines food and nutrition, health care and the elderly, environmental health, and occupational health and safety. The course sums up with a community health planning model with strategies, program design, and population targets. Community health planning is the process whereby we look at what is causing ill health in a community/specific group of the population, and then design and implement cost effective prevention plans.


The ten major topics in the course are:

  • the health status of Canadians and the nature of health care in Canada.
  • public health planning.
  • communicable diseases.
  • non–communicable diseases.
  • First Nations health.
  • food and nutrition.
  • health care and the elderly.
  • environmental health.
  • occupational health.
  • national public health issues in the twenty–first century.


To receive credit for HADM 336, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a “D” (50 percent). You must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the Term Paper. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Quiz 1 (after Unit 2) 10%
Tutor-marked Exercise 1 (after Unit 4) 15%
Quiz 2 (after Unit 5) 10%
Quiz 3 (after Unit 7) 10%
Tutor-marked Exercise 2 (after Unit 10) 15%
Term Paper (after Unit 10) 40%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Reagan, P. A. & Brookins-Fisher, J. (2002) Community Health in the 21st Century (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings.

Shah, C. P. (2003). Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada (5th ed.). Toronto: Elsevier.

Other Materials

Most of the course materials for HADM 336 are available online through the myAU portal. Two textbooks and a printed reading file will be sent to you before your course start date.

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 336 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 4, April 8, 2015.

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