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Health Law

Program Overview

Health law is a dynamic and rapidly growing field, presenting a wide range of practice opportunities and intellectual challenges. The legal issues are increasingly numerous and complex, as regulation of health professionals, institutions and the health care system as a whole continue to intensify. This specialization examines major areas where law and health intersect, including the organization of the Canadian health care system, bioethics, mental health law, professional governance, malpractice, intellectual property, information technology and privacy in health law, human rights and globalization, health facilities law, pharmaceutical regulation, biotechnology and comparative health law.

Who is the Specialization for?

  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in health law.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in the healthcare sector and wish to develop an advanced knowledge of health law for professional purpose.

Specialization Structure

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals located across Canada and abroad, all courses in this specialization are available via video conferencing and are structured as either weekly evening sessions or 3-5 day intensives. The Health Law specialization is a cohort-based specialization where courses progressively build upon one another. New students are only accepted into the specialization once every three years. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through coursework or through a combination of coursework and a Major Research Paper.

Degree Requirements Overview

Total credits needed: 36

Note that students without a law degree from a Canadian institution are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term. For detailed degree requirements see Student Handbook.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
The Canadian Health Care System: Bioethics and the Law LAW 6861P Required 3.0 credits
The Canadian Health Care System: Legal Frameworks LAW 6860P Required 3.0 credits
Biotechnology and Issues in Health Law LAW 6868P Elective 3.0 credits
Comparative Health Law LAW 6865P Elective 3.0 credits
Health Facilities Law LAW 6858P Elective 3.0 credits
Human Rights, Globalization and Health Law LAW 6867P Elective 3.0 credits
Information Technology and Privacy in Health Law LAW 6856 Elective 3.0 credits
Intellectual Property in Health Law LAW 6857P Elective 3.0 credits
Malpractice in Health Care LAW 6864P Elective 3.0 credits
Mental Health Law LAW 6862P Elective 3.0 credits
Pharmaceutical Regulation LAW 6859 Elective 3.0 credits
Professional Governance LAW 6863P Elective 3.0 credits

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