HLTH 4011: Issues in Health Care

This course explores current issues in health care, and the Canadian health care system. Students review issues from a range of perspectives, such as those of an individual, family member, health care professional, lobby group, health care administrator, or politician. Critical thinking skills and knowledge of health determinants in global and Canadian contexts are developed in small groups. Issue analysis touches on legal and ethical frameworks, and students build on their understanding of the code of ethics and the scope of practice for their health care profession.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the history and social values of the Canadian health care system and the federal-provincial partnerships in "Medicare"
  • Describe the determinants of health and understand how they contribute to the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Develop an understanding of the environmental contexts in which issues arise.
  • Discuss the ethical and legal issues that can arise in health care.
  • Apply principles of scholarship and professionalism in the academic and practice/community setting
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze issues from different personal, organizational, and political perspectives
  • Develop personal and professional approaches to advancing advocacy issues for clients, their families, and interest groups.
  • Communicate advocacy issues through logically prepared brief reports, professional posters, and other audience-appropriate media

Course topics

Module 1: Foundations

Module 2: Health Care System

Module 3: Issue Analysis

Module 4: From Knowledge to Action

Required text and materials

There are no materials included for HLTH 4011. Students are required to source this textbook on their own.

Paul, R. and L. Elder. The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking. 7th Edition. The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2014.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-98-575440-2

Note: This textbook is also used in HLTH 3101

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet and use of a printer.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project.

Assignment 1: Stakeholders 10%
Unit 1: Discussion Reflection 5%
Assignment 2: Canadian Health Care System 15%
Unit 2: Discussion Reflection 5%
Assignment 3: Environmental Scan and Poster 10%
Unit 3: Discussion Reflection 5%
Assignment 4: Briefing Note 15%
Unit 4: Discussion Reflection 5%
Final Project * 30%

* Mandatory

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