Graduate Training

SPPH students

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.

Degree Programs

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.

CHSPR Faculty

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.

Funding

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.

Publications

CHSPR graduate students have an impressive publication record. Recent journal articles first-authored by CHSPR students include:

Thandi M, Brown S, Wong ST. Mapping frailty concepts to SNOMED CT. Int J Med Inform. 2021 Feb 10;149:104409. Online ahead of print. Read more

Yung S. Immigrant Status and Unmet Home Care Needs: Results from the Canadian Community Health Survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2021 Jan 2. doi: 10.1007/s10903-020-01135-x. Online ahead of print. Read more

Hategeka C, Ruton H, Karamouzian M, Lynd LD, Law MR. Use of interrupted time series methods in the evaluation of health system quality improvement interventions: a methodological systematic review. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Oct;5(10):e003567. Read more

El-Adam S, Ahuja M, Lavergne MR, Peterson S, McGrail K. Alternative Payment Plan Remuneration Trends in British Columbia. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Sept 2020. Read more

Williamson T, Aponte-Hao S, Mele B, Lethebe BC, Leduc C, Thandi M, Katz A, Wong ST. Developing and Validating a Primary Care EMR-based Frailty Definition Using Machine Learning. Int J Popul Data Sci. 2020 Sep 1;5(1):1344. Read more

Hategeka C, Ogilvie G, Nisingizwe MP, Rulisa S, Law MR. Effect of human papilloma virus vaccination on sexual behaviours among adolescent women in Rwanda: a regression discontinuity study. Health Policy Plan. 2020 Aug 24;czaa083. Online ahead of print. Read more

Wong ST, Katz A, Williamson T, Singer A, Peterson S, Taylor C, Price M, McCracken R. Can Linked Electronic Medical Record and Administrative Data Help Us Identify Those Living with Frailty? International Journal of Population Data Science. 2020;5(1):29. Read more

Swanson M, Wong ST, Martin-Misener R, Browne AJ. The role of registered nurses in primary care and public health collaboration: A scoping review. Nurs Open. 2020 Apr 14;7(4):1197-1207. Read more

Kitchen SA, McGrail K, Wickham ME, Law MR, Hohl CM. Emergency department-based medication review on outpatient health services utilization: interrupted time series. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Mar 26;20(1):254. Read more

Bolatova T, Law MR. Income-related disparities in private prescription drug coverage in Canada. CMAJ Open. 2019 Oct 11;7(4):E618-E623. Read more