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Foundations in Canadian Health


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HTH 100 - Understanding the Canadian Health Care System - Winter 2022

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Diane Edlund
Course Dates:
01/17/2022 - 03/20/2022

Required Course Materials:
Health and Health Care Delivery in Canada, 3rd edition. Written by V. Thompson, Publisher: Elsevier Press, 2016.
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:

This course involves the study of the Canadian health care system in terms of its history, health care governance and related provincial and federal regulations and legislation. Learners will examine how Canada’s healthcare system is organized, regulated, and managed. In addition, they will explore the different levels of care found in the health care system, and discuss how information is used and shared within the different levels.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

Understand the historical foundations of the Canadian healthcare system

Explain the principals, regulations and trends associated with the health care system in

Canada, in regards to the following aspects:

  • o          Levels of Care
  • o          Funding of health care systems o            Intergovernmental relations
  • o          Administration and Governance o            Health Care and the Courts

        Public Health and Population Health o            Human Resources of Healthcare

      Policy in Health Care


Compare alternative modes of service delivery

Identify and evaluate the interconnected nature of the health care delivery system in Canada

(provincial, national, and international)

Demonstrate an awareness of ethical practices and professional standards applicable to the field of health care

•Exemplify the skills, attitudes and behaviours required to work and collaborate with people and develop personal management skills

•Employ effective communication practices

Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

Participation: 10%

Quizzes: 35%

Learning Activities: 25% Individual Essay: 15% Health Care Brochure:15%

Course Format:

This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in understanding Canada’s health care system and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).

Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:

Late assignments will be subject to a late penalty of 2% per day (including weekends and holidays). The Instructor, in advance of the due date, must approve extensions for course work, and an extension will be granted for illness or emergencies only.  Supporting documentation may be required.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):

In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled. Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance,


assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified.

Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within

48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course

instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.


*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

Academic Integrity

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.


It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at


The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

1 Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.

2 Improper collaboration in-group work.

3 Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Academic Accommodations:

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services(SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or  to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO)
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students will need to contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and other coursework. and tests. It is the student’s responsibility to contact McMaster Continuing Education to discuss accommodations related to examinations. (if applicable)
On-line Elements:

Conduct Expectations:
As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the “Code”). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community members, whether in-person or online.

It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students’ access to these platforms.

Copyright and Recording:
Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances, and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.

The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students who wish to record sessions need to acquire permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.

In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal

verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to  McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.

Course Changes:

The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly


Extreme Circumstances:
The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

Course Withdrawal Policy:

Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage,  FAQs & Policies ( policies#Dropping).

Storm Closure Policy:

In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed.  All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed.  On-line courses will take place as scheduled.

Grading Scale:




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Course Schedule:

Week and Module Topic

Activities & Assessments


Week 1

Getting Started Module

Course Overview Module

Module One: The History of Health Care in Canada

· A2L Scavenger Hunt Activity

· Welcome and Introduction

Discussion post

· Quiz #1

Week 2

Module Two: Health Care for the Individual

· Module 2 Learning Activity

· Module 2 Quiz

Week 3

Module Three: Foundations of Population Health

· Module 3 Discussion

· Module 3 Quiz

Week 4

Module Four: The Law and Ethics of Health Care

· Module 4 Learning Activity

· Module 4 Quiz

Week 5

Module Five: Federal and International Regulations for Health Care

· Module 5 Discussion

· Module 5 Quiz

· Health Care Brochure

Week 6

Module Six: Provincial and Territorial Regulations for

Health Care

· Module 6 Learning Activity

· Module 6 Quiz

Week 7

Module Seven: Funding of Health Care

· Module 7 Learning Activity

· Module 7 Quiz

Module 8

Module Eight | The Practice of Health Care

· Module 8 Quiz

· Individual Essay

Module 9

Module Nine | Health Care Issues and Trends

· Module 9 Discussion

· Module 9 Quiz