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.
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:
Thandi MKG, Phinney A, Oliffe JL, Wong S, McKay H, Sims-Gould J, Sahota S. Engaging Older Men in Physical Activity: Implications for Health Promotion Practice. Am J Mens Health. 2018 Aug 2:1557988318792158. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Kurzawa Z, Sutherland JM, Crump T, Liu G. Measuring quality of life in patients with stress urinary incontinence: is the ICIQ-UI-SF adequate? Qual Life Res. 2018 May 8. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Lai E, Peterson AC, Liu G, Karimuddin A, Crump RT, Sutherland JM. Psychometric validation of the Stoma-QOL questionnaire in a Canadian cross-sectional sample of colostomy and ileostomy patients. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2018 Apr 5:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] Read more
Hedden L, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Cheng L, Ahuja MA, Barer ML. Patterns of physician retirement and pre-retirement activity: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ. 2017 Dec 11;189(49):E1517-E1523. Read more
Skeldon SC, Cheng L, Morgan SG, Detsky AS, Goldenberg SL, Law MR. Erectile Dysfunction Medications and Treatment for Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: A Pharmacoepidemiologic Study. J Sex Med. 2017 Dec;14(12):1597-1605. Read more
Hedden L, Barer M, McGrail K, Law M, Bourgeault I. In British Columbia, the supply of primary care physicians grew, but their rate of clinical activity declined. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Nov;36(11):1904-1911. Read more
Maginley KS. Hormonal contraceptive use in Canada : levels, trends, and determinants among reproductive-aged women in British Columbia (T). University of British Columbia; 2017. Read more
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
Housden LM, Wong ST. Using Group Medical Visits With Those Who Have Diabetes: Examining the Evidence. Curr Diab Rep. 2016 Dec;16(12):134. Read more