Dr. Larry Svenson

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Division of Preventive Medicine
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About Me

Larry Svenson is an Associate Professor with the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also the Provincial Health Analytics Officer and Executive Director for Analytics and Performance Reporting at the Alberta Ministry of Health. As the Provincial Health Analytics Officer, he is responsible for working collaboratively with stakeholders to strengthen the analytic capacity of Alberta’s health sector, and the promotion of a data driven culture. He brings over 25 years of experience in the use of administrative health data in policy development and evaluation, and is a strong advocate for open data initiatives. Dr. Svenson holds a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.


Course Code:  MED/SPH 561

Topics in Public Health – Introduction to Public Health Surveillance


Course Description: This is a 1-credit course designed for MSc, MPH, and PhD students interested in acquiring a basic understanding of public health surveillance. The course will define and provide an introduction to public health surveillance, its history, concepts, and examples of its application to public health action. Students will learn the steps in planning, implementing, and evaluation of public health surveillance systems, as well as legal and ethical considerations, and the communication of evidence to key stakeholders.


My research is primarily based on the use of administrative health databases to examine health status, health service use, and outcome measurement. I have numerous projects with researchers and policy makers covering a vast array of topics, with an applied focus related to health policy development and practice.

My work covers all aspects of health services and public health research. The following are key areas of my current research program.


This research is focused on examining the effectiveness and safety of vaccines in the ‘real-world’ setting.

Chronic Disease Epidemiology

This research is focused on understanding the epidemiology of chronic conditions and comorbidities and multi-morbidity with the purpose of quantifying the burden of illness.

Real World Outcomes

This research is focused on using administrative data to assess outcomes for pharmaceuticals once licensed for use. This includes looking at uptake and assessing outcomes.

Research Keywords

Epidemiology, health policy, big data, administrative health data, public health, immunization, real-world evidence, health outcomes

Research Keywords

Epidemiology, Health Policy, Immunization, Indigenous Health, Public Health, Social Determinants of Health