Research and Impact

Our researchers are renowned for their work in a broad range of areas and have made important contributions to public health, applying science to solving key population health problems including:

  • Controlling the HIV/AIDS crisis, learning from novel approaches that are now being applied to address the devastating impacts of opioid drug use.
  • Understanding the impact of the environment on health, including the benefits of walkable and bikeable cities, the damaging impacts of air pollution, and the creation of safe and healthy workplaces.
  • Investigating how policies affect use of health care services, costs, and outcomes in order to achieve a world-class sustainable health care system.

Research highlights

Here you can find highlighted research projects from the four Divisions at the School, which are updated regularly.

Research areas

Coming soon.

Banner photo credit: Don Erhardt

Research Units

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Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation
Undertaking research, training, and providing evidence-based advice that supports and advances a sustainable health system delivering high quality, safe and effective care.
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Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
Working in respectful collaboration with Indigenous leadership to improve wellness, health care, and outcomes, through innovative thinking, research, and education.

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Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences
Evaluating the effectiveness of health interventions in populations, with a focus on minorities and marginalized groups in urban populations.

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Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Conducting independent, policy-relevant research in the delivery of health care, along with data compilation and graduate training.

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Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention
Linking academic excellence with community championship to inform programs and policy to prevent cancer.

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Global Health Research Program
Global Health Research Program has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational and Environmental Health.Visit site

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Health & Community Design Lab
Research lab specializing in the interaction between land use, travel behaviour, the Built Environment,
air quality, and health.

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Human Early Learning Partnership
Bringing together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues.

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Partnership for Work, Health and Safety
In partnership with WorkSafe BC, addressing current and emerging issues of work-related health in BC.
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Population Data BC

Offering access to one of the world’s largest collections of health care, health services and population health data.
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Our Partnerships

University of British Columbia (UBC) – Academic Units and Centres

Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
UBC’s Faculty of Medicine educates health professional and life sciences students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels.
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Statistics
Department of Statistics
The Department emphasizes the discipline of Statistics, which derives its importance from applications and also a strong theoretical foundation.

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Liu Institute
Liu Institute for Global Issues
Conducting and facilitating research on global issues, turning it into action & policy to advance sustainability, security, & social justice.

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Hospital and Health Authority Affiliates

BCCA
BC Cancer Agency
The BC Cancer Agency provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of BC in partnership with regional health authorities.
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BCCRC
BC Cancer Research Centre
BC Cancer Agency’s portal for research and academic activities, providing a comprehensive provincial program of cancer control and health care delivery.

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BCCDC
BC Centre for Disease Control
The BC Centre for Disease Control provides provincial and national leadership in disease surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation.

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BC Children's Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital
The Hospital offers clinics, support services and hospital care to BC children and their families at the BC Children’s Hospital site and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
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BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education.

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Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence
Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence
The Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP) is a catalyst for improving the lives of older British Columbians.

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Child and Family Research Institute
Child and Family Research Institute
Conducting discovery, translational and clinical research to benefit the health of children and their families.
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Provincial Health Services Authority
PHSA provides province-wide specialty health services through its agencies, services and programs.

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BC Health Authorities

FNHA
First Nations Health Authority
Establishing a strong foundation that will innovate, transform & redesign health service delivery with guidance from BC First Nations.​

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Fraser Health
Fraser Health
Delivering health care services to more than 1.6 million people living in communities stretching from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.

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Interior
Interior Health
Interior Health delivers a wide range of integrated health-care programs and services to residents across BC’s Southern Interior.

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Island Health
Health care & support services to people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea & the Johnstone Strait, & the mainland communities north of Powell River.

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Northern Health
Northern Health
Northern Health provides exceptional health services to 300,000 people over an area of 600,000 square kilometers in the province of British Columbia.

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VCH
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Coastal Health provides health care services in the North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, and other areas.

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Provincial and National Health Research Networks

BCEOHRN
BC Environmental and Occupational Health Research Network (BCEOHRN)
BCEOHRN is a not-for-profit organization of BC researchers that aims to develop innovative research ideas and improve knowledge transfer to address environmental and occupational health issues that are priorities to British Columbians.

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Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc)
The RHSRNbc’s main purpose is to support rural health services’ researchers in British Columbia, with the goal of creating a supportive infrastructure within which to facilitate the investigation of issues relevant to the health and health services of rural communities.

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Child Health BC
Child Health BC
Child Health BC, an initiative of BC Children’s Hospital, is a network which includes all health authorities, key child-serving ministries, health professionals, and provincial partners dedicated to improving the health status and health outcomes of British Columbia’s children and youth.

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NCCEH
National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
The NCCEH is one of six National Collaborating Centres, created to foster linkages within the public health community. Its vision is to be the indispensable resource for environmental health practitioners and policy-makers across Canada.

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Research Programs, Centres, Institutes

British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
Dedicated to improving the health of British Columbians with HIV through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemination of comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related diseases.

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CTN
CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network
The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) is an innovative partnership of clinical investigators, physicians, nurses, people living with HIV, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others that facilitate HIV clinical trials of the highest scientific and ethical standards.

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ARCC
Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control
A pan-Canadian research centre whose mission is to improve cancer control & the delivery of care through interdisciplinary leadership in health economics, services, policy, ethics research, education, and knowledge translation

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CIFAR
Canadian Institute For Advanced Research
CIFAR has been successfully taking on difficult challenges for more than three decades. Our global research programs connect many of the world’s best minds – across borders and between disciplines – to shape new perspectives and spark groundbreaking ideas.

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CCH
Centre for Coastal Health
CCH uses knowledge from a wide variety of settings to turn health and disease research involving animals, people, and their shared environments into action. Its goal is to gather, evaluate, and communicate information to help people manage complex health issues.

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IHRA
Harm Reduction International (HRI)
HRI is a leading non-governmental organisation working to reduce the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy by promoting evidence-based public health policies and practices, and human rights based approaches to drugs.

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WHRI
Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI)
The WHRI is devoted solely to improving the health and health care of girls and women, to serve as a catalyst for research in women’s health and to support an expanding national network of women’s health researchers, policy makers and healthcare providers.

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