Privacy Protection for Health Care

Health care providers and their staff are required to fol­low Cana­di­an laws that pro­tect their patients’ health infor­ma­tion. Under­stand the fun­da­men­tals of pri­va­cy pro­tec­tion in the con­text of health care as you keep up-to-date with new leg­is­la­tion and explore the evolv­ing secu­ri­ty threats brought upon by emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies. Learn how to estab­lish a pri­va­cy pro­gram, pro­tect health infor­ma­tion, be pre­pared for pri­va­cy breach­es, and car­ry out breach response plans.
What you will learn

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain what privacy means in the context of health care and recognize common concepts in Canadian privacy laws, such as:

Balancing appropriate use of health information with individual privacy

Understanding roles: custodians, trustees, affiliates, employees, information managers, service providers, etc.

Custody and control of information

Common requirements: privacy officer, policies, safeguards, notification, consent, incident reporting

Reasonableness: taking reasonable steps to protect privacy

  • Plan and propose a privacy program that includes the following elements:

Privacy officer with defined roles

Policies and procedures

Administrative, physical and technical controls to protect privacy

Practical information security

Assessing and mitigating risk and privacy impact assessments

Review and compliance

  • Prepare to respond to privacy incidents by:

Recognizing common privacy threats, such as: misuse of health information by insiders; phishing, malware and ransomware; unsecure disposal of information

Developing and testing a privacy incident response plan

Identifying and recommending notification requirements

Researching reported privacy and security incidents to improve processes

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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