Health Administration (HADM) 369

Health Policy in Canada (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: HADM 339 or professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

HADM 369 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds: health services, administrators, policy makers, practitioners, and clinicians. It provides in-depth discussion concerning the key political and administrative decision-making processes of the Canadian health systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the health policy development process and the issues associated to the welfare state.

The course begins with public policy definition, the health policy development process, and funding solutions to complete policy issues. Students also examine the variety of social, economic and political influences on health policy making. Students will discover that there are a variety of “policy instruments” available to decision makers to solve policy problems at the policy formulation stage.

Course Objectives

After completing Health Administration 369, you will be able to:

  1. identify and explain the basic concepts and processes underlying health care policy making.
  2. analyze critically the development of the health care system in Canada.
  3. examine and apply a critical assessment to current health care reform initiatives.
  4. communicate clearly in both verbal form and written form.


Health Administration 369 is structured for independent study with interactive tutoring. The course comprises the following nine units.

  • Unit 1: Development of Canada’s Health Care Systems
  • Unit 2: Public Policy in Canada
  • Unit 3: Decision Making in Health Care
  • Unit 4: What Informs/Influences Health Policy?
  • Unit 5: Levels of Policy Making
  • Unit 6: Reform of Health Care in Canada
  • Unit 7: Empowered Citizens
  • Unit 8: Health Care Reform: Shifting to Community
  • Unit 9: Future Health Policy Issues for Canada


To receive credit for HADM 369, you must achieve a D (50 percent) or higher on each evaluation activity. The weighting of the course grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Term Paper 30%
Final Examination 30%
Total 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 who 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


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

Crichton, A., Robertson, A., Gordon, C., & Farrant, W. (1997). Health care: A community concern? Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

Pal, L. A. (2014). Beyond policy analysis: Public issue management in turbulent times (5th ed.). Toronto: Nelson Canada.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase 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 Materials

Most of the course materials for HADM 369 are available online through the myAU portal. A Reading File also accompanies the course.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HADM 369 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, August 31, 2010.

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