The Osgoode Certificate in Health Law

Osgoode’s Certificate in Health Law, now in its eighth year, was developed to better prepare individuals and their organizations to overcome the most common legal pitfalls in the health care arena.

Now offered via webcast, attend from anywhere in Canada!

Over five intensive one-day modules, which include lectures, case studies, small group discussions, live simulations and demonstrations, you will learn what you need to know about contemporary issues in health law.

Our truly outstanding faculty comprising lawyers, health care professionals, patient rights’ advocates, ethicists, risk managers and insurance industry experts will equip you with the practical knowledge and strategies you and your organization need to be better positioned to make sound, professional judgments, improve patient care and safety, and to take the necessary steps to minimize risk.

What You Will Learn

  • The role of the legal system in health care delivery: the framework
  • Capacity and consent to treatment; substitute decision-making
  • Refusing treatment and withdrawal of treatment
  • Live demonstration: mock Consent and Capacity Board hearing
  • The role of Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) and other agents in the community with fiduciary obligations
  • First contact: the law relating to ambulance services and operators
  • Malpractice in health care – standard of care, causation and assessing damages
  • Live Simulation: Examination for Discovery
  • Privacy and health law: the key legal principles
  • Privacy challenges in the wider health care community
  • Collaborative care – problems and pitfalls
  • The regulation of health professionals
  • Human rights and ethical challenges – end of life and human reproductive issues
  • Risk management – responding effectively to risk in specialty areas
  • Coroners’ inquests – what to expect if you are involved in the process

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long term care facilities, CCACs, and community service provider agencies
  • Health care risk managers
  • Privacy officers, security officers and compliance officers for health care institutions
  • Patient representatives
  • Ethicists
  • In-house counsel to health care institutions
  • Health law practitioners
  • Government and public policy advisors



Program Director

  • Wendy Whelan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact: David Thomas at