Choose one of the three issues below. If you have difficulty selecting a topic, approach the
professor or your teaching assistant for assistance.
1) Health Policy: What are some of the political and social forces that shape the social
determinants of health? What is the current state of the social determinants of health in
Canada? What are some of the reasons for this current state and what can be done to
improve the situation?
2) Health Management: What are the key features of Canada’s health care system? What are
some of the problems that need to be addressed in Canada’s health care system? What are
some of the proposed solutions being advanced? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
3) Health Informatics: What are the proposed benefits of instituting electronic health
records? What evidence is there that doing so would improve health? What have been some
of the barriers to instituting electronic health records in Canada? How can these be
Draft Version of Scholarly Discussion Paper (4 pages): Due at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 21,
2018, the date of Session/Week 6 (N.B.: Your submission must be uploaded onto Turnitin)
The purpose of this two-stage assignment is to provide the individual student with an opportunity
to prepare a discussion paper which provides an overview of a current key issue pertaining to one
major health topic in Canada.
Students will have the opportunity to select a topic of interest and conduct a limited literature
search of the professional health literature pertaining to the policy or management perspectives.
You will also have the opportunity to revise your paper based on instructor feedback in order to
improve your written literacy and analyses skills.
Conduct a literature search of professional journal articles and government and agency reports
pertaining to the topic that you have chosen. Identify 5 to 6 relevant, current articles, and
additional resources which discuss the topic in further detail.
Prepare a draft of your paper by discussing each of the following:
1) Introduction to the issue (e.g. problem, dilemma, and concern); include a thesis statement.
2) Why it is an issue? What is the history (how the issue evolved) and how it captured your
interest? Who does the issue involve (e.g., key stakeholders such as the public, government,
and healthcare organizations)?
3) What are the implications for the public and policy makers?
4) Summary (your conclusions, new insights, and pulling the paper together).