This course provides students with an introduction to basic concepts and issues related to health care funding, services delivery, and the structure of health care systems. The focus will be on the Canadian health care system but will reference other health systems as points of comparison. Students will gain familiarity with health care terminology as well as some of the major controversies within the sector. This course will be valuable for any student that might consider the Health Services Management specialization (as subsequent Health Services Management courses build on this material). The course is also designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in other specializations since it provides a valuable overview and insight into one of the world’s most significant industries.