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University of Ottawa program to explore legal, health policies of COVID-19

Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 1:29 PM | By John Chunn

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 announced that it is offering an immersive, one-week online program in the theory and practice of health law from Aug. 9 to 13. No prior experience or legal training is required to enrol in the full-time, five-day course to better understand the legal ramifications of COVID-19.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many shortcomings in society, including of the laws that protect us,” said professor Colleen Flood in the news release. “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. Flood, research chair in Health Law and Policy and Director of the Centre for Health Law & Policy, said the 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,” said 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.