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:

Hawkins NM, Peterson S, Ezzat AM, Vijh R, Virani SA, Gibb A, Mancini GBJ, Wong ST. Control of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Jan 10. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202104-463OC. Online ahead of print. Read more

Wong ST, Johnston S, Burge F, Ammi M, Campbell JL, Katz A, Martin-Misener R, Peterson S, Thandi M, Haggerty J, Hogg W. Comparing the Attainment of the Patient's Medical Home Model across Regions in Three Canadian Provinces: A Cross-Sectional Study. Healthc Policy. 2021 Nov;17(2):19-37. Read more

Zeitouny S, Suda KJ, Mitsantisuk K, Law MR, Tadrous M. Mapping global trends in vaccine sales before and during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional time-series analysis. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 Dec;6(12):e006874. Read more

Thandi M, Wong ST, Aponte-Hao S, Grandy M, Mangin D, Singer A, Williamson T. Strategies for working across Canadian practice-based research and learning networks (PBRLNs) in primary care: focus on frailty. BMC Fam Pract. 2021 Nov 12;22(1):220. Read more

Aponte-Hao S, Wong ST, Thandi M, Ronksley P, McBrien K, Lee J, Grandy M, Mangin D, Katz A, Singer A, Manca D, Williamson T. Machine learning for identification of frailty in Canadian primary care practices. Int J Popul Data Sci. 2021 Sep 10;6(1):1650. Read more

Hategeka C, Lynd LD, Kenyon C, Tuyisenge L, Law MR. Impact of a Multifaceted Intervention to Improve Emergency Care on Newborn and Child Health Outcomes in Rwanda. Health Policy Plan. 2021 Aug 30:czab109. Online ahead of print. Read more

Hedden L, Ahuja MA, Lavergne MR, McGrail KM, Law MR, Cheng L, Barer ML. How long does it take patients to find a new primary care physician when theirs retires: a population-based, longitudinal study. Hum Resour Health. 2021 Jul 23;19(1):92. Read more

Beaumier J, Mooney D, Mudaliar V, Thandi M, Wong ST. Working Together While Staying Apart: Care Integration in a Brave New World: Conference Summary. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2021. Read more

Staples JA, Wiksyk B, Liu G, Desai S, van Walraven C, Sutherland JM. External validation of the modified LACE+, LACE+, and LACE scores to predict readmission or death after hospital discharge. J Eval Clin Pract. 2021 May 8. Read more

Staples JA, Liu G, Brubacher JR, Karimuddin A, Sutherland JM. Physician Financial Incentives to Reduce Unplanned Hospital Readmissions: an Interrupted Time Series Analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 May 4. Read more