Intensive program explores legal, health policies of COVID-19 in Canada

Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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Understanding the legal, policy and ethical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic is the central theme to an intensive summer program open to professionals and university students at the University of Ottawa next month.

The University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics’ Summer Institute in Health Law is offering an immersive, one-week online program in the theory and practice of health law from August 9 to 13. No prior experience or legal training is required to enroll in the full-time, five-day course to better understand the legal ramifications of COVID-19.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many short-comings in society, including of the laws that protect us. The Summer Institute aims to provide a base in health law and a deeper understanding of where the law has served us and where it has failed us through this pandemic,” says Professor Colleen Flood, Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and Director of the Centre for Health Law & Policy, whose courses will focus on the pandemic’s devastating effect on long-term care homes and civil liberties.

“We learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that science and technology need to be combined with law and policy. The Summer Institute will bring these disciplines together to help ensure the best decisions are being made,” says Dr. Kumanan Wilson, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Clinical Research Chair in Digital Health Innovation at uOttawa whose session will explore licensing and procurement of vaccines, treatments, supplies and technologies for COVID-19.

Find more information about the Summer Institute and enrolment here.

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