CHSPR is a leader in educating and empowering graduate students interested in advancing health policy and health services research in Canada
We aim to help our students develop core competencies necessary to become a leaders in the field, while providing students with the flexibility to advance and pursue their own interests. Across sectors and disciplines, students gain critical skills for solving complex problems and have the opportunity to collaborate in policy relevant research with some of the world’s top health services and policy researchers.
Working and studying at CHSPR, students gain an appreciation for the values that underpin strong health services and policy research that is aimed at serving the public interest.
CHSPR faculty supervise students pursuing graduate degrees focused on health services and policy research. We provide instruction and mentorship within our applied research environment for students enrolled in degree programs offered through the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) and the UBC School of Nursing, as well as other related programs offered through various UBC faculties and schools. Most of our students are completing SPPH MSc and PhD programs in population and public health, with a focus on health services and policy research.
- SPPH Degree Programs
- SPPH MSc Concentration in Health Services and Policy Research
- Why Study at SPPH?
- Why Grad School at UBC?
As a CHSPR student, you will work with professors that are internationally renowned for their expertise in a number of health services and policy research areas, including health human resources, primary health care, pharmaceutical policy, health care financing and funding, and health care use and effectiveness.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact specific CHSPR faculty, based on research interests.
A Supportive Environment
The Centre provides a positive, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional environment for our students. Student workspaces facilitate access to faculty and an internal seminar series provides opportunity to present work-in-progress and get feedback from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.
Where there is close alignment between student research interests and a faculty supervisor’s research program, CHSPR students may be partly funded by a CHSPR faculty research grant, or alternatively may be offered a research assistantship. Students at CHSPR are consistently successful in competing for research grants from major research institutions, including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), as well as other more specialized funding sources. CHSPR faculty supervisors support students in developing competitive grant proposals. We proudly acknowledge that our students have been consistently funded and recognized in local and national award competitions year after year.
CHSPR graduate students have an impressive publication record. Recent journal articles first-authored by CHSPR students include:
Panagiotoglou D, Law MR, McGrail K. Effect of Hospital Closures on Acute Care Outcomes in British Columbia, Canada: An Interrupted Time Series Study. Med Care. 2017 Jan;55(1):50-56. Read more
Housden L, Browne AJ, Wong ST, Dawes M. Attending to power differentials: How NP-led group medical visits can influence the management of chronic conditions. Health Expect. 2017 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Skeldon SC, Macdonald EM, Law MR, Huang A, Paterson JM, Mamdani MM, Juurlink D. The Cardiovascular Safety of Dutasteride. J Urol. 2016 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Housden L, Wong ST, Browne AJ, Dawes M. Complexities of Introducing Group Medical Visits With Nurse Practitioners in British Columbia. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2016 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Lavergne MR, Law MR, Peterson S, Garrison S, Hurley J, Cheng L, McGrail K. A population-based analysis of incentive payments to primary care physicians for the care of patients with complex disease. CMAJ. 2016 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Singian K, Price M, Bungay V, Wong ST. Using Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network data to examine depression in patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson disease: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open 2016;4(3):E417-E423. Read more
McKay R, Mah A, Law M, McGrail K, Patrick DM. Systematic Review of Factors Associated with Antibiotic Prescribing for Respiratory Tract Infections. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 May 2. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Lavergne MR, Barer M, Law MR, Wong ST, Peterson S, McGrail K. Examining regional variation in health care spending in British Columbia, Canada. Health Policy. 2016 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Sivananthan S, McGrail K. Diagnosis and Disruption: Population-Level Analysis Identifying Points of Care at Which Transitions Are Highest for People with Dementia and Factors That Contribute to Them. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016; 64:569–577. Read more
Sivananthan SN, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM. Caring for dementia: A population-based study examining variations in guideline-consistent medical care. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Aug;11(8):906-16. Read more