The Osgoode Certificate in Health Law

With the increasing intersection between health care delivery and the law, healthcare providers encounter a challenging array of legal and regulatory issues in their day to day working lives. The ability to recognize these issues has never been more important. 

Now offered via webcast, attend from anywhere in Canada!

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

A diverse faculty of lawyers, health care professionals, patients’ 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 judgements, 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
  • Live demonstration: mock Consent and Capacity Board hearing
  • Health care in the community
  • First contact: the law relating to ambulance services and operators
  • Malpractice in health care: standard of care, causation and assessing damages
  • Privacy and health law: the key principles
  • Disclosure obligations and the Quality of Care Information Protection Act
  • Risk management: responding effectively to risk in specialty areas
  • Coroners’ inquests: what to expect if you are involved in the process

Who Should Take This Program:

  • 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 Directors

  • Wendy Whelan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Daniel Girlando, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact: Myrsini Zacharakis at