Voices in Health: Upcoming Event


Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Room B151, 2206 East Mall


Health policies have both direct and indirect consequences on population health. They can increase intervention uptake, facilitating healthier populations; while simultaneously generating non-health benefits, like the enhancement of equity and reduction of poverty. Traditionally, health economists have used cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), or the “dollar per life year gained” method, to evaluate health policies. Extended cost-effectiveness analysis (ECEA) takes CEA a step further by also measuring factors like equity and poverty reduction. ECEA allows for consideration of both health and non-health consequences when prioritizing and selecting health policies.

Prof. Verguet will explain how including non-health related benefits in economic evaluations can help policymakers in low- and middle-income countries choose health interventions. Prof. Verguet will illustrate his points by examining practical examples like the design of national health benefits packages and the deployment of “sin” taxes (e.g. tobacco and alcohol taxes).


Stéphane Verguet

Stéphane Verguet is Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Verguet’s multidisciplinary research focuses on health decision science and priority setting, particularly the development of mathematical and computational decision-making models to better design health policies. His research interests include health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis, equity, and health systems performance. Most recently, he has been working on the estimation of non-health benefits, particularly the poverty alleviation benefits, of health policies and interventions.







Craig Mitton

Dr. Mitton’s research is focused on the application of health economics to impact health policy and to inform clinical practice. He has worked extensively with health authorities in numerous countries on the development and implementation of priority setting and resource allocation processes.

He is the lead author on a book titled “The Priority Setting Toolkit: a guide to the use of economics in health care priority setting” and is the lead or co-author on more than 130 peer reviewed journal articles. In addition, he has delivered over 150 presentations across many different countries and regularly runs workshops and short courses on health economics and health care priority setting.

In 2015, he was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mitton is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation.


For further questions about the event, please contact voices.in.health@spph.ubc.ca

Voices in Health: Future Events – Stay Tuned

The School of Population and Public Health is thrilled to announce a monthly speaker series for the 19/20 academic year called Voices in Health, featuring renowned public and global health experts.

Admission is free to faculty, students and staff.

Below are the dates for term 1: 

Monday, November 18 from 4-6pm

Monday, December 9 from 4-6pm

All events will be held at UBC Point Grey, more details to come!


Past Events

September 30, 2019 | Public Health, Law and Climate Change – Legal Approaches to Protecting Children’s Health in a Warming World