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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 Research Paper.

Program Requirements Overview

Program Schedule

Total credits needed: 36

Note that students without a law degree are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
The Canadian Health Care System: Bioethics and the Law LAWH 6861 Required 3.0 credits
The Canadian Health Care System: Legal Frameworks LAWH 6860 Required 3.0 credits
Biotechnology and Issues in Health Law LAWH 6868 Elective 3.0 credits
Comparative Health Law LAWH 6865 Elective 3.0 credits
Disability & Health Law LAWH 6866 Elective 3.0 credits
Health Facilities Law LAWH 6858 Elective 3.0 credits
Human Rights, Globalization and Health Law LAWH 6867 Elective 3.0 credits
Independent Significant Research Paper LAWH 6848 Elective 3.0 credits
Information Technology and Privacy in Health Law LAWH 6856 Elective 3.0 credits
Malpractice in Health Care LAWH 6864 Elective 3.0 credits
Mental Health Law LAWH 6862 Elective 3.0 credits
Pharmaceutical Regulation LAWH 6859 Elective 3.0 credits
Professional Governance LAWH 6863 Elective 3.0 credits
Selected Topics in Health Law LAWH 6701 Elective 3.0 credits

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