Areas of Research

Health Policy and Management

What is health services and policy research?

Health services and policy research is aimed at generating knowledge to address issues related to health service design and delivery and development of health-related policy.

It includes such diverse areas as health outcomes research, health technology assessment, knowledge translation, health economics and economic evaluation, patient/public engagement and health workforce planning.

What are we doing in the area of health services and policy research?

All health areas are included—from development of healthy public policy, to evaluation of health promotion initiatives, to researching chronic disease management interventions, to organization of acute care services. Much of this work, which is designed to respond to practical and current health issues, is conducted in collaboration with partners in the larger community.

What is the focus of our research?

Our current research activities include work in the:


Circumpolar health researcher, Susan Chatwood, is working to define health systems that are responsive to the unique needs of northern populations.

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Assistant Professor Mike Paulden is a health economist whose work informs cost effective government health care spending.

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Dev Menon's research focuses on the processes for decision making on coverage of new health technologies and services.

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Assistant Professor Elaine Hyshka works to advance a public health approach to substance use and ethical, effective standards of care for substance use disorders.

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Stephanie Montesanti's is a health services and policy researcher whose primary areas of focus are Indigenous health, mental health and well-being.

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As a health economist, Arto Ohinmaa's research areas include evaluation of health care programs and health related quality of life measurements.

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