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Course details

This online course provides a comprehensive overview of the Canadian health system and examines the interactions between health system components as part of an integrated health system. The course compares the approach used for health service delivery in Canadian provinces and territories, and compares the Canadian approach to other national health systems. Critical thinking is emphasized and highlighted throughout the course.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of HLED 7120 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 39358


Mon Sep 11 - Fri Dec 01 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 39358
  • $931.64
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 11 - Dec 01 N/A N/A Online

Shan Satoglu

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. Internet delivery course. Access is though Students must contact the BCIT Bookstore in order to order any associated print materials. Students can register up until 1 week after term start without needing program approval. Program approval required after then.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics and components of the Canadian health system.
  • Explain the evolution of the Canadian health system and the key issues that impact and define the health system in Canada.
  • Integrate the distributed leadership applications of the LEADS Frameworks and its domains to the structures, processes and outcomes of the Canadian health system.
  • Integrate the concepts of population health including the public and private sector divide, the financial arrangements and the responsibilities of the different levels of government in Canada.
  • Analyze leadership impacts on the Canadian health system including the model of publicly financed and privately delivered.
  • Assess the sustainability challenges of the Canadian health system including perceptions of crisis, the concept of user fees and the impact of the aging population.
  • Propose leadership strategies to implement primary health care service delivery and the challenges of chronic disease management.
  • Discuss the evolution of delivery of acute care services in Canada including the multiple years of reform, home care services and the Canadian policy on pharmaceuticals.
  • Discuss the evolution of delivery of community care services in Canada including the multiple years of reform, waiting lists, waiting times and the introduction of new technology.
  • Discuss the evolution of delivery of mental health and addictions services in Canada including the need for health promotion and illness prevention.
  • Examine the human resource challenges of planning health human resources in Canada, the physician shortage and scopes of practice and the challenges of nurse recruitment, retention and scopes of practice.
  • Discuss patient safety and quality improvement initiatives in the health sector.
  • Discuss the current research, literature and practice related to the impact of regionalization, aboriginal health and health status improvements in rural areas.
  • Compare other national health systems to the Canadian health system.
  • Propose reforms to sustain the Canadian health system in the longer term.

Effective as of Fall 2012

Related Programs

Canadian Health System (HLED 7120) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Health Leadership
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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