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Dr. Jacek Kopec is a professor in the School of Population and Public Health, UBC, and Head, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice. He is also a Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada and is affiliated with the UBC Department of Medicine, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Institute for Work and Health in Toronto, and NRG Oncology in the US.

Dr. Kopec earned his MD degree from the Pomeranian Medical University in Poland and his PhD from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University. His scholastic achievements have been recognized with the National Health Research Scholar Award from Health Canada and the Senior Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Dr. Kopec has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His main areas of research are musculoskeletal epidemiology, quality of life studies, and population health. Dr. Kopec has taught courses in epidemiology, measurement methods and survey design. He has supervised or co-supervised more than 30 graduate students.

Recent publications:

Effects of Reductions in Body Mass Index on Future Osteoarthritis Burden in Canada: A Population-Based Microsimulation Study. Kopec JA, Sayre EC, Fines P, Flanagan WM, Nadeau C, Okhmatovskaia A, Wolfson MC; Simulation Technology for Applied Research Team. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Nov 25. doi: 10.1002/acr.22796. [Epub ahead of print]

The validity of a non-radiologist reader in identifying cam and pincer femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) using plain radiography. Ratzlaff C, Zhang C, Korzan J, Josey L, Wong H, Cibere J, Prlic HM, Kopec JA, Esdaile JM, Li LC, Barber M, Forster BB. Rheumatol Int. 2015 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Association of body mass index with incidence and progression of knee effusion on magnetic resonance imaging and on knee examination. Hung A, Sayre EC, Guermazi A, Esdaile JM, Kopec JA, Thorne A, Singer J, Wong H, Nicolaou S, Cibere J. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Sep 11. doi: 10.1002/acr.22714. [Epub ahead of print]

The Population Health Model (POHEM): an overview of rationale, methods and applications. Hennessy DA, Flanagan WM, Tanuseputro P, Bennett C, Tuna M, Kopec J, Wolfson MC, Manuel DG. Popul Health Metr. 2015 Sep 3;13:24. doi: 10.1186/s12963-015-0057-x. eCollection 2015. PMID: 26339201 Free PMC Article

Projecting the direct cost burden of osteoarthritis in Canada using a microsimulation model. Sharif B, Kopec J, Bansback N, Rahman MM, Flanagan WM, Wong H, Fines P, Anis A. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Oct;23(10):1654-63. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2015.05.029. Epub 2015 Jun 5.

Multiattribute health utility scoring for the computerized adaptive measure CAT-5D-QOL was developed and validated. Kopec JA, Sayre EC, Rogers P, Davis AM, Badley EM, Anis AH, Abrahamowicz M, Russell L, Rahman MM, Esdaile JM. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015 Oct;68(10):1213-20.e1-6. doi: 0.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.03.020. Epub 2015 Apr 14.

Risk of Type 2 Diabetes among Osteoarthritis Patients in a Prospective Longitudinal Study. Rahman MM, Cibere J, Anis AH, Goldsmith CH, Kopec JA. Int J Rheumatol. 2014;2014:620920. doi: 10.1155/2014/620920. Epub 2014 Nov 4. PMID: 25538769 Free PMC Article

An Internet-based technique for the identification of persons with symptoms of inflammatory polyarthritis of less than 12 weeks. Liang MH, Couto MC, Duarte CC, Gall V, White P, Naides S, Schumacher HR Jr, Hwang AS, Holers VM, Deane KD, Gupta S, Ho IC, Finckh A, Kopec J, Choi CB, Sayre EC. Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Mar;34(3):465-70. doi: 10.1007/s10067-014-2796-7. Epub 2014 Oct 24.

Patient-reported outcomes in women with gestational diabetes: a longitudinal study. Kopec JA, Ogonowski J, Rahman MM, Miazgowski T. Int J Behav Med. 2015 Apr;22(2):206-13. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9428-0.

Comparison of lifts versus tape measure in determining leg length discrepancy. Badii M, Wade AN, Collins DR, Nicolaou S, Kobza BJ, Kopec JA. J Rheumatol. 2014 Aug;41(8):1689-94. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.131089. Epub 2014 Jul 15.

Osteoarthritis incidence and trends in administrative health records from British Columbia, Canada. Rahman MM, Cibere J, Goldsmith CH, Anis AH, Kopec JA. J Rheumatol. 2014 Jun;41(6):1147-54. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.131011. Epub 2014 Apr 15.


SPHA 551 Design and Measurement I

Graduate students supervised

Samuel Antoine (PhD)

Harpreet Chhina (PhD, Experimental Medicine)

Abdulkader Kadernani (MHA)


Graduate supervision committees

Natalie McCormick (PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Zafar Zafari (PhD, Experimental Medicine)

Mohammad Atiquzzaman (PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences)











Current projects

  • A comparison of strategies to reduce the burden of osteoarthritis: A population-based microsimulation study (PI)
  • Development and validation of Canadian health literacy measurement tool for chronic disease management (Co-PI)
  • Preventing complications from inflammatory skin, joint and bowel conditions (PRECISION) (Co-I)
  • Safety and conventional sharp devices: A survey of nurses and physicians in BC (Co-I)
  • CIHR Team in IMPAKT Hip: Investigations of mobility, physical activity and knowledge translation in hip pain (Co-I)