Become a legally informed healthcare leader

Decision on next intake will be made soon for 2023

Dalhousie University's School of Health Administration is pleased to offer this intensive certificate experience for Canada's health sector


Professionals involved in healthcare delivery must navigate an increasingly complex and daunting legal terrain. The Legal Aspects of Canadian Healthcare Delivery Certificate offers a five-day, customized learning experience that centres on the intersection of law and the Canadian healthcare system. This intensive program explores fundamental legal rules underpinning the daily professional lives of healthcare providers and individuals in management and leadership positions. 

You will emerge from this program equipped to operate effectively and comfortably within a rapidly evolving legal environment, able to distinguish yourself as a legally-informed leader in your organization.

Day 1:  

Introduction to the Canadian Legal System

Health System Governance

Day 2:  

Institutional Governance

Workforce Management: Employment Law

Day 3:  

Labour Law, Human Rights Law, Occupational Health and Safety Law

Tort Liability and the Litigation Process I

Day 4:   

Tort Liability and the Litigation Process II

Regulation of Health Professionals

Day 5: 

Privacy and Confidentiality of Health Information

Who will benefit from the program?

The program will provide critical legal knowledge to anyone participating in healthcare delivery, such as those involved in:

  • any of the health professions
  • human resources
  • risk management
  • quality assurance
  • patient safety
  • health policy
  • professional practice
  • professional associations
  • unions
  • licensing bodies
  • health information management

What will you experience?

A highly relevant curriculum addressing current, real-world legal issues that are of critical importance to professionals working in the public and private healthcare sectors. 

A peer network developed over five days of close collaboration with fellow participants, exchanging insights, debating issues, discussing the legal challenges faced by their organizations, and forging strong relationships that extend beyond the program.

Outstanding instructors, carefully chosen to ensure an optimal blend of leading legal scholars, and senior legal practitioners with a wealth of experience dealing with legal issues arising in the healthcare context. The faculty is committed to encouraging informed leadership on legal issues pertinent to the work setting, and challenging your thinking about the role law plays in your professional life.

An enriching learning environment with a strategic balance of lectures, case-based analysis focused on practical problem-solving, peer-to-peer learning, and instructor-facilitated discussion and debate. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants, fostering an intimate and interactive learning experience.

The Learning Outcomes?

By the end of the course, all participants should have:

  • broadened their understanding of the general framework for Canada’s legal system
  • expanded their knowledge of fundamental and emerging legal issues in healthcare delivery
  • gained strategies for effectively dealing with potential legal problems
  • obtained the knowledge and skills required to become more informed consumers of legal information, including legal counsel opinions
  • gained greater confidence in working within legal structures and parameters
  • enhanced their ability to lead in a highly regulated environment
  • developed the aptitudes to meaningfully participate in law reform initiatives that will impact your organization

Are you looking for a full, graduate level certificate?

We also offer a three course, graduate Certificate, delivered online in an asychronous format.  This may be more appropriate for your circumstances, and details can be found here.  




Feedback from past participants:


"Program exceeded my expectations. The caliber of the lectures and program delegates provided for an extremely enriched learning environment. Highly recommend!
P. Brar, Alberta Health Services

"This is an invaluable program that I strongly recommend for any healthcare profession or Board of Director Member."
J-M. Fiala, MRI Marketing and Business Development

Detailed Information for 2023 Prices were for the 2022 intake, they might change for the 2023 intake.

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $70

Fee Per Delegate:  $2,895

Fees include: attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. Payment must be received 14 days prior to the course start date.  

The price does not include accommodation.  Rooms (Gold) can be booked at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax at a preferred rate of $149 up until September 22nd 2022, and at the standard rate thereafter.  

Refund Policy: If you are unable to attend the program, refunds will be available on the following basis:

  • Full refund up until 14 days prior to the start date
  • 50% refund from 13 days to 48 hours prior to the start date
  • No refund within 48 hours of the start of the course.

Cancellations: the Planning Committee reserves the right to make changes to the session agenda and speakers, or to cancel the program if registration targets are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail.   In the event of program cancellation, the School of Health Administration’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees only.   

Location:  Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3G5

Certificate of Completion:  participants must attend all 5 days of the program and successfully complete an open-book, competency-based, multiple-choice assessment that will be available in an online, take-home format at the conclusion of the program.  Participants successfully completing the requirements of the program will receive a framed Certificate of Program Completion.