Government and Policy – SPHA 511

Economics is one of the key drivers of public policy and influences actions taken by government on health policy. With this in mind, it is essential to get the most value for money. Leaders in health care can apply behavioral economics principles to provides results that can influence society for the better and bend the cost curve.

SPHA 511 Government and Policy (Year Two) focusses on health care policy and analyzes ways which the government and health authorities can implement behavioural change in the most effective way. Using local and international case studies, students will learn practical tools and approaches to take back to their workplace to improve outcomes and health system performance.

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Instructor Profile

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell


Duncan Campbell is an independent, quality-driven consultant focused on health system performance and improvement. As Chief Financial Officer for Alberta Health Services from 2013 to 2014, he focused on improving performance and re-investing efficiency savings into quality improvement initiatives. From 2008 to 2013, Duncan was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Systems Development and Performance for Vancouver Coastal Health. He played a key role in turning around financial and operational performance, without cutting services, through a focus on quality, workforce efficiencies, administration cost reduction, cash management and investing in staffing and real-time decision support tools. He previously held executive level turnaround and merger integration consulting positions at Deloitte, Gemini Consulting and IBM (formerly PwC Consulting), as well as holding the Chief Financial Officer position for a 500 store retail footwear chain in South Africa. He was awarded the Business in Vancouver CFO of the Year award in 2011 for Transformational Leadership and Deloitte Alumni award in 2011 for Leadership.

Duncan is committed to educating future health leaders and is a finance lecturer on the BC Physician Leadership course as well as a guest lecturer on the Sauder EMBA course. He was a speaker at the 2013 Quality Forum on “Improving System Performance: Making the Most of Our Resources.” Duncan holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Master of Business Administration from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and in Canada.