Health Administration (HADM) 400

Health Care Law (Revision 4)


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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: None

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

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

HADM 400 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Health Care Law is a rapidly growing field of study, and one which has become increasingly important in the Canadian health system. Health law is a field that touches most of our lives. Health and human service professionals are frequently faced with legal concerns, whether working in hospital settings or community-based care facilities. This course provides an understanding of the Canadian legal system relevant to clinical practice, administration, and policy making.

Knowing the building blocks of legal analysis is essential to one’s understanding of the relevance and implications of law in the context of health care; therefore, these form the basis for the course. This course highlights key contemporary issues in health law, with an emphasis on case study learning. The case studies are designed to teach you to think like a lawyer as you work through problems that have legal implications. The learning process begins with sources of law, moving to issue identification, then to legal analysis, and finally, to the application of law to facts.

It is important to keep in mind that while HADM 400 contains important general information about health law and offers guidelines for application to specific situations, it should not be used to replace professional advice in situations warranting a lawyer.


  • Module 1: Organization of the Canadian Health Care System
  • Unit 1 The Framework for Canadian Health Law
  • Unit 2 The Canadian Health Care System and Aboriginal Health Governance
  • Unit 3 Right to Health Care
  • Unit 4 Health Law and Health Professional Regulation

  • Module 2: Health Practice
  • Unit 5 Medical Negligence
  • Unit 6 General Principles of the Law of Consent
  • Unit 7 Specific Problems in the Law of Consent
  • Unit 8: End-of-life Law and Policy

  • Module 3: Body, Technology, and the Law
  • Unit 9 Reproductive Decision-making
  • Unit 10 Body, Research, and Emerging Health Technologies
  • Unit 11 Privacy Rights and Access to Information


To receive credit for HADM 400, 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%
Podcasts 5%
Assignment 3 20%
Final Exam 35%
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


Erdman, J., Vanessa G., & Nelson, E. (Eds.). (2017). Canadian health law and policy (5th ed.). Toronto, ON: LexisNexis Canada.

Note: Students with disabilities can be provided a password protected, non-sharable pdf file to access the textbook on line

Other Materials

Each unit may have additional materials assigned, such as journal articles, legal cases, policy reports, videos, and podcasts which will be accessed online.

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 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 4, Sept 10, 2018.

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