Health Administration (HADM) 488

Risk Management and Safety in Health Services (Revision 3)

HADM 488

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

HADM 488 is not available for Challenge.

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HADM 488: Risk Management and Safety in Health Services is an undergraduate course designed to introduce students to risk management concepts. The course provides a thorough introduction to health-care risk management as it should be practiced in health-care environments. It is appropriate for direct care providers, supervisors and managers, executives, patient representatives, quality managers, patient safety officers, and risk managers.


  • Unit 1: The Risky Business of Health Care
  • Unit 2: Brief History of Risk Management in Health Care
  • Unit 3: Enterprise Risk Management
  • Unit 4: Relation of Risk Management to Other Critical Health Care Management Functions
  • Unit 5: Risk Information Sources and Loss Control Processes
  • Unit 6: Special Topics in Risk Management
  • Unit 7: Clinical and Sector Risks in Health Care Systems


As you work through Risk Management and Safety in Health Services, you will complete two assignments, a term paper and a closed-book final examination. The table below shows the weight accorded each credit activity.

To receive credit for HADM 488, 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%
Term Paper 25%
Assignment 2 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


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

The required readings for this program are from the following textbooks:

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (2009) Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations, (Student Edition). R. Carroll, (Ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Note: The three-volume, 2006 version of the Risk Management Handbook is available for students to consult through the Athabasca University library:

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.(2006). Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations. (5th ed.) Volumes I, II, III. Roberta Caroll (Ed). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Students are also recommended to consider the following writing and educational aids: The Memory Jogger II, Healthcare Edition. GOAL/QPC. 1st Edition. 2008. Available at

The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing (1987). Ottawa: Dundurn Press.

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

All other materials will be accessed online.

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, October 30, 2013.

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