Dignity Health Global Education

Certificate in Health Law and Compliance


Exchange Tower 130 King St. W

Suite 1904

Toronto, ON M5X 2A2


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Health Law and Compliance

Format: Online

Program Description:

The healthcare industry is governed by a complex web of legislative, regulatory, executive, and judicial rules. All individuals working in healthcare are expected to abide by these rules, and failure to comply can lead to a multitude of consequences of varying severity. Yet, legal and regulatory issues are among the most frequently reported challenges that healthcare professionals face. In order to act in the best interest of patients and themselves, healthcare professionals need to develop their knowledge of healthcare law.

Key topics

    Introduction to the U.S. legal system
    Healthcare delivery systems (including Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance law)
    Medical malpractice
    Duty to treat and EMTALA
    Fraud and abuse statutes (including Stark/anti-kickback)
    Oversight of healthcare quality
    Licensure and accreditation
    Bioethics (Including informed consent, surrogate decision-making, and competency decisions)
    Disclosure of adverse outcomes
    HIPAA, cybersecurity, and EHR governance


    Unit 1: The Legal System
    Unit 2: Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems
    Unit 3: Duty to Treat and Medical Malpractice
    Unit 4: Fraud and Abuse Statutes
    Unit 5: Fraud and Abuse Statutes, Continued
    Unit 6: Quality and Compliance
    Unit 7: HIPAA and Cybersecurity Risk Management
    Unit 8: Bioethics, Informed Consent, Surrogate Decision-Making

Skills Acquired

    Identify sources of law that impact the healthcare system
    Understand how the law changes and evolves to improve cost, quality, access, and choice
    Explain the role of private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid play in financing healthcare services and understand the core characteristics that define each financing     mechanism
    State basic liability rules concerning the duty to treat, EMTALA, and medical malpractice
    Explain how the professional custom standard of medical malpractice may conflict with the emergence of evidence-based practice
    Identify potential FCA violations and Qui Tam reporting
    Explain the difference between the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law and potential defenses and penalties
    Understand the role of privacy and cybersecurity from a compliance perspective
    Explain the importance as well as elements of an effective compliance program
    Describe the proposed approaches of quality control applicable to the practice of medicine
    Explain the legal and ethical principles underlying first-person informed consent and surrogate consent to medical treatment

Tuition - $2,995

Duration - 8 Weeks


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