Charlyn Black


Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health
(604) 822-6030


Dr. Black joined CHSPR as the Centre’s director from 2002 to 2007. As director, she brought clarity and focus to CHSPR’s strategic direction and oversaw the integration of the Centre’s five research units into a single coordinated entity. Currently, she is Associate Director of the UBC School of Population and Public Health. In addition to her leadership roles, Dr. Black is a nationally recognized health services researcher. Her work focuses on creating population-based information systems, using administrative data to monitor the quality and effectiveness of medical care, and developing data-driven tools to improve health care delivery. Prior to joining CHSPR, Dr. Black was a founding member and co-director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy at the University of Manitoba. She serves on the board of directors of Saskatchewan’s pioneering Health Quality Council, and has consulted in the restructuring of the American system of health statistics. Dr. Black obtained her medical degree from the University of Manitoba and her doctorate in health services and policy research from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.


ScD, Johns Hopkins University
MD, University of Manitoba

Research Interests

  • Health services research
  • Population health
  • Quality, effectiveness and outcomes of health care
  • Health information systems
  • Knowledge translation
  • Research and policy

Current Projects

  • Health information for planning in health authorities
  • Approaches to developing population-based information systems

Affiliations and Awards

  • Health Services Advancement Award, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (Manitoba Centre for Health Policy)

Courses Currently Taught

  • SPPH 581X Epidemiology and Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 581Y Developing Policy for Improving Population Health

Recent Publications

Randall E, Bryan S, Black C, Goldsmith LJ. What matters to patients following total knee arthroplasty? A grounded theory of adapting to a knee replacement. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2022 Sep 6;23(1):845. doi: 10.1186/s12891-022-05695-x. Read more

Black C, Mooney D, Peterson S. Patient experiences with outpatient cancer care in British Columbia, 2012/13. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Jan 2014. Read more

Wong ST, Black C, Cutler F, Brooke R, Haggerty JL, Levesque JF. Patient-reported confidence in primary healthcare: are there disparities by ethnicity or language? BMJ Open. 2014 Feb 25;4(2):e003884. Read more

Denis J-L, Baker GR, Black C, Langley A, Lawless B, Leblanc D, Lusiani M, Moore Hepburn C, Pomey M-P, Tré G. Exploring the dynamics of physician engagement and leadership for health system improvement: prospects for Canadian healthcare systems. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement; Apr 2013. Read more

Baker GR, DenisJ-L, Grudniewicz A, Black C. Fraser Health: exploring a model of clinical care management systems. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement; Nov 2012. Read more

Dickson G, Lindstrom R, Black C, Van der Gucht D. Evidence-informed change management in Canadian healthcare organizations. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement; June 2012. Read more

Wong S, Peterson S, Black C. Patient activation in primary healthcare: a comparison between healthier individuals and those with a chronic illness. Med Care. 2011 May;49(5):469-79. Read more

Fransoo R, Marchessault G, Black C, DeCoster C. Panning for population gold: 20 years of research at MCHP. Healthc Policy. 2011 Jan;6(Sp):80-82. Read more

Leong VW, Morgan S, Wong ST, Hanley GE, Black C. Registration for public drug benefits across areas of differing ethnic composition in British Columbia, Canada. BMC Health Serv Res. 2010 Jun 17;10:171. Read more

Poole B, Black C, Gelmon K, Kan L. Is Canadian women's breast cancer screening behaviour associated with having a family doctor? Can Fam Physician. 2010 Apr;56(4):e150-7. Read more

Watson D, Peterson S, Black CD. In pursuit of quality: opportunities to improve patient experiences in British Columbian emergency departments. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Jan 2009. Read more

Morgan S, Evans RG, Hanley GE, Caetano PA, Black C. Income-based drug coverage in British Columbia: lessons for BC and the rest of Canada. Healthc Policy. 2006 Nov;2(2):115-27. Read more

Watson D, Black C, Peterson S, Mooney D, Reid RJ. Who are the primary health care physicians in British Columbia? 1996/97-2004/05. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Aug 2006. Read more

Black C. The research collective: a model for developing timely, contextually relevant and dynamic approaches to research synthesis? Healthc Policy. 2006 May;1(4):76-81. Read more

Black C, Roos LL. Linking and combining data to develop statistics for understanding the population’s health. In: Friedman DJ, Hunter EL, Parrish RG, editors. Health statistics: shaping policy and practice to improve the population’s health. New York: Oxford University Press UK; 2005. 214-40. Read more

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