Upcoming Course: Fall 2023 The Future of Healthcare

Introducing our Fall 2023 Semester in Dialogue: The Future of Healthcare that will be a full-time, 10-credit course, happening on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am-4:00pm PST. 

Healthcare systems around the world are struggling after the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. Homelessness, the toxic drug crisis and climate change will continue to add further pressure to a system that does not function equitably for all Canadians. Aging populations and rising costs will also continue to add pressure in the coming years. New technologies including genomics, robotics and artificial intelligence promise to revolutionize the healthcare industry while challenges of data integration, privacy and security continue to create barriers to transformation. In Canada, the policies that drive healthcare were developed for the world we lived in more than 50 years ago when healthcare was mostly complicated and not as complex as it is today.

The Semester in Dialogue: The Future of Healthcare will provide students with an opportunity to practice skills like dialogue, active listening, self-reflection and working in teams while tackling some of the more wicked problems facing healthcare in our collective future.


Diane Finegood

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Professor & Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Diane has been a Professor and Fellow in the Centre for Dialogue since 2017 when she started teaching in the Semester in Dialogue. In 2022, she was awarded an SFU Excellence in Teaching Award for Community Engaged and/or Experiential Learning. Diane also has an extensive background and experience related to many different aspects of health.

Course Design

The Semester in Dialogue is made up of 2 courses (DIAL 390, 391). Together these courses are made up of a series of assignments including group projects, hosting invited guests, weekly reflections and a final public dialogue. Other activities include dialogues, workshops, social time and various skill building opportunities.

The Fall 2023 Semester in Dialogue: The Future of Healthcare will be mostly in-person at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus (Room 3050) from 9 am to 4 pm PST on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


The Semester in Dialogue requires a significant commitment.  The course hours are from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm PST Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   We will be together in large and small groups, mostly in person and occasionally online.  Students should not have other fixed commitments (e.g. other courses or work) during course hours and will be expected to commit to being engaged as much as possible for themselves and others in the cohort.


SFU Harbour Centre
Room 3050 
515 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


For Fall 2023: The Future of Healthcare, the application deadline is August 15th, 2023. Students apply online, using an application form that can be accessed here. After applying, applicants will have an opportunity to speak with the instructor to discuss whether the Semester in Dialogue is a good fit. We will look to create a diverse cohort of 20 students from a range of departments and faculties.