Become a legally informed healthcare leader

Certificate will be offered Spring 2024

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

Registration for this program will be begin Fall 2023, Information will be posted once a date has been chosen.


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.

Courses to be taught in 2024  

Friday, May 3rd

Morning Session (8:30 to 12:00)

Topic: “Introduction to the Canadian Legal System”

Instructor: Steve Coughlan, Faculty Member, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:30)

Topic: “Health System Governance”

Instructor: Leah Hutt, Director of Policy and Registrations, Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists

Saturday, May 4th

Morning Session (8:30 to 12:00)

Topic: “Institutional Governance”

Instructors: Heather Webster & Holly Ryan, Associates, Borden Ladner Gervais (Toronto Office)

Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:30)

Topic: “Regulation of Health Professionals”

Instructor: Ryan Baxter, Partner, McInnes Cooper

Sunday, May 5th

Morning Session (8:30 to 12:00)

Topic: “Tort Liability and the Litigation Process (Part I)”

Instructor: Michael Hadskis, Faculty Member, Schulich School of Law & School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University

Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:30)

Topic: “Tort Liability and the Litigation Process (Part II)”

Instructor: Michael Hadskis

Monday, May 6th

Morning Session (8:30 to 12:00)

Topic: “Workforce Management: Employment Law”

Instructors: Malcolm Boyle, KC, Partner, McInnes Cooper & Alex Warshick, Associate, McInnes Cooper

Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:30)

Topic: “Workforce Management: Labour Law, Human Rights Law, and Occupational Health and Safety Law”

Instructor: Dale Darling, KC, Sole Practitioner

Tuesday, May 7th

Morning Session (8:30 to 12:00)

Topic: “Privacy and Confidentiality of Health Information (Part I)”

Instructor: Mary Anne Campbell, Associate General Counsel, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:30)

Topic: “Privacy and Confidentiality of Health Information (Part II)”

Instructor: David Fraser, Partner, McInnes Cooper

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

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $70  

Fee Per Delegate:  $2,995  

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.  We are likely to be able to offer a preferential room rate which will be confirmed once our 2024 iteration has been scheduled. 

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.   

Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton,
1960 Brunswick Street,
Halifax, NS 
B3H 2J7

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.