Student Communicable Disease Policy and Procedure

Student Communicable Disease Policy and Procedure
Approval DateJune 15, 2017
Effective DateSeptember 5, 2017

Organizational Scope

The Policy applies to all full-time and part-time students enrolled in programs* offered in The Michener Institute of Education at UHN (“Michener”).

*Students in joint programs must refer to their program handbook.


This policy is informed by the provincial communicable disease surveillance protocols.


All students are expected to be in a state of health such that they may participate in the academic program, including patient care, without posing a risk to themselves, to patients or others.

This Michener policy is aligned with the provincial communicable disease surveillance protocols, developed under the Public Hospitals Act, Regulation 965.

During the clinical phase of programs, students are required to take part in the care of all patients assigned to their care. Patients may have various communicable diseases including Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.


The student will fulfill the student health requirements upon acceptance into their program of study. Completed health documentation must be submitted to Michener Health Services as indicated in their offer package.

Students will be monitored and provided counseling as appropriate and/or requested.

During the didactic portion of their programs students may be asked to volunteer to participate in laboratory sessions involving practicing procedures on themselves and/or fellow students. Students should inform Michener Health Services if they have health concerns that would preclude them from safely participating in such activities.

In some laboratory sessions, students may work with specimens supplied by external agencies.

All students are expected to understand and adhere to infection control policies, including the universal precautions as reference in the Michener safety manual.

Associated Documentation

Revision History

Date Reviewer Change(s) Made
August 30, 2011 Genalyn Lo Revised and Re-formatted policy
February 12, 2013 Cathy Pearl Genalyn Lo Eileen Waweru Policy reviewed and updated to be consistent with current practice.
June 15, 2017 Don Bartlett Document reviewed; no changes required
August 9, 2019 AAC AA “The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, School for Applied Health Sciences (“Michener”)” added to scope