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ePrivacy Program in Partnership with McMaster University

Privacy Horizon’s Certificate Program on ePrivacy in Healthcare offered through the NIHI and McMaster University will be returning for the Fall semester of 2020.

McMaster ePrivacy Program


Patrick Lo: CEO, Privacy Horizon

Brendan Seaton: Chief Creative Officer, Privacy Horizon

Health care is undergoing a revolution driven by advances in information and communication technologies. Precision medicine, consumer health, virtual care, the Internet of things and other innovations are changing the very nature of health care, driving improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and healthcare outcomes. However, with each new innovation come new risks to the privacy and security of personal health information.

Privacy is not a zero-sum game. We don’t have to give up improvements in health care in order to protect privacy. We can have both! Privacy should be an enabler, not a barrier, to healthcare innovation.

This 20-sesson (30 Hours) program is for anyone who is responsible for managing the privacy function in their organization, or is interested in being part of the organization’s privacy management team or are app developers, consultants and service providers of products for health care. Organized into three modules, the program provides the guidance needed to manage privacy throughout the information lifecycle. This program focuses on the health sector and the special requirements for ensuring the privacy of personal health information.

This program will cover critical privacy legislation, conducting a privacy risk assessment, assessing what privacy and security features to build into your products and services, implementing an affordable privacy management program and handling a privacy breach.

Module 1 – Privacy Fundamentals, provides the foundation for a deep and comprehensive understanding of privacy. It addresses privacy principles, individual privacy rights, responsibilities of health care providers and organizations, Canadian and International privacy laws, and information governance.

Module 2 – Privacy by Design (PbD), will help you build privacy into the design of your programs, services and products. It addresses PbD principles, privacy and security standards and guidelines, PbD and emerging technologies, in building security into your healthcare solutions.

Module 3 – Managing Privacy Risk, teaches you how to identify, assess and manage privacy risk. It covers risk management principles, Privacy Impact Assessment, Threat and Risk Assessment, monitoring and audit, managing privacy breaches and complaints and privacy training.

On completion of this program you will have a comprehensive view of privacy and what it takes to implement privacy successfully in your organization.

Upon completion you will be awarded a McMaster University – NIHI ePrivacy Certificate of Completion. A Certificate of Completion is a non-academic certificate acknowledging that the recipient has completed a minimum of 30 hours of education and has successfully completed the Opening and Closing Questionnaires that assesses the individual’s learning.

Intended Audience

  • Anyone responsible for information privacy in public or private sector organizations
  • Chief Privacy Officers
  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Risk managers
  • Privacy/Freedom of information coordinators
  • Healthcare providers and managers charged with protecting privacy under health sector privacy legislation
  • App developers building iOS and Android apps, wearable technologies and other consumer-oriented solutions
  • Consultants, integrators and solution providers who need to offer privacy and security compliance products and services to consumers, and private and public sector organizations
  • Technical architects and developers who design and build cloud, mobile, social media and IOT solutions
  • Educators
  • HR professionals

Expected Outcomes

Participants will have a comprehensive understanding of:

  • National and international privacy laws
  • Foundational privacy principles
  • Privacy and information governance
  • Privacy by design
  • Information security requirements for privacy protection
  • How to build a privacy program
  • Privacy risk assessment
  • Privacy breach management