Health Governors’ Foundation Series

Taking Health Governors to the Next Level




The Health Governors’ Foundation Series prepares students to be competent and capable corporate governors in healthcare organizations. This course provides a firm foundation of knowledge regarding health governance responsibilities, and how to carry them out most effectively.

Course at-a-glance

  • Part of CHA Learning’s Governance Development Program and courses
  • Delivered entirely online
  • Complete in less than 15 hours of learning to be completed over four months
  • Written and reviewed by health governance experts
  • Entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members to 7.5 Category II credits towards maintenance of certification requirement

Who should take the Health Governors’ Foundation Series course?

The course is designed for health-system board members and senior leaders who wish to master new skills, develop important competencies, and increase their effectiveness as health system governors.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Cite examples of good and poor governance contributing to organizational effectiveness in the Canadian healthcare context
  • Describe the various levels of governance including fiduciary, strategic and generative governance; as well as when and how to employ them
  • Differentiate between the different modes of governance and better focus agendas and discussion
  • Stimulate creative thinking at board meetings
  • Recognize the crucial role that a board’s culture plays in its effectiveness


There are no awards available for this course or program at this time. Click here to learn more about student awards.


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To be successful in the Health Governors’ Foundation Series course, students must meet the following requirements.


English is the language of instruction for all CHA Learning courses. It is therefore recommended that students be competent in reading, writing and speaking English.

Current Resume: Please submit a current resume including work and governance experience. After you enroll, you will receive an email requesting submission of your resume.


Students must have basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills; and access to a computer with Windows 7 or higher.

Please note:

  • Students choosing to use Mac or Linux operating system must have experience using alternate remote access software.
  • CHA Learning staff can only assist Windows operating system users and provide technical support in relation to our website; we do not provide technical support for internet and/or basic computer use.

Other technical requirements:

Screen Resolution800x600 (minimum); 1024x768 (recommended)
Internet BrowserThe most recent version of one of the following:

Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Plug-insPop-up blocker: Disabled
Java Script: Enabled
Cookies: Enabled
Adobe Flash Player V13 (minimum)
Internet ConnectionBroadband (cable or DSL) connection required
SoftwareWord processing software AND Adobe Reader
OtherAccess to a scanner

Enrolment Process

To enrol:

  1. Click on the enrol/apply button
  2. Add the product to your cart
  3. Create an account if you are new to CHA Learning or sign in to your existing account
  4. Complete the Billing Information page
  5. Enter your payment information, accept the terms and conditions and make your payment
  6. Within seven business days you will receive an email with instructions for uploading your resume.


The Health Governors’ Foundation Series course includes discussion forums, six quizzes (one for each unit), and a final exam.

To pass this course, students must earn 60% or greater on the final exam, and an overall course grade of 60% or greater.

Course Certificate

CHA Learning will award students a certificate for successful completion of the course. 


Attendance in this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 7.5 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.


  • $500 for Canadians
  • $600 for International Students

All prices listed above are in CAD.

Please note: Bulk registration discounts are available for groups. Please review the Group Enrolment information here.


The Health Governors’ Foundation Series course consists of six units:

Unit 1: Why Health Governance Matters—An Introduction to Health Governance

  • Exploring importance of health governance to the smooth functioning of an organization
  • Looking at real-life examples of strong and weak governance, showing their often far-reaching impact 

Unit 2: A Fresh Way of Thinking about Governance

  • Presenting a conceptual framework to describe the process of governing 

Unit 3: Fiduciary

  • Exploring the fiduciary mode of governance, building on the work of leading governance experts Chait, Ryan and Taylor 

Unit 4: Strategy

  • Setting and implementing an effective strategic direction for an organization
  • Understanding the board’s role
  • Avoiding pitfalls some organizations encounter

Unit 5: Generative Governance

  • Introducing the generative mode of governance, as it relates to non-profit boards in the health and social services sector

Unit 6: The Board’s Culture

  • Examining the all-important cultural aspects of a board
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