Health Economics Special Interest Group

The Musculoskeletal/Arthritis Health Economics Special Interest Group brings an economic focus to lifestyle intervention research (i.e., non-pharmaceutical behavioural interventions such as physical activity, education, or nutrition).

We aim to provide resources, opportunities, and share relevant news and events for health economists across Canada and internationally. This Health Economics Special Interest Group aspires to provide a platform for collaborative synergy. We welcome opportunities to collaborate and invite researchers, patients, partners, and students to submit events, news, and resources for us to share in this space.

Relevant to national and provincial research funding agencies

As a national (and ultimately international) interest group, our work fits within the mandate of the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA). Our work in nutrition fits well with the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD). We have a strong history of studies in older people—which is the mandate of the CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA). We look forward to serving the mandates of other research funding agencies (such as the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and other not-for-profit agencies too.

We underscore that this is an ‘open/inclusive’ special interest group. We will keep the principle of diversity at the forefront of our work. We provide a forum for researchers (in the first instance) to share ideas according to the principle that the Canadian health economics community is small and that we are stronger together. We see a gap in the economic study of non-pharmaceutical interventions. Our work will complement Canada’s great reputation in pharmacoeconomics. You are welcome—please bring your ideas!



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Patient-Oriented Health Economics Virtual Mixer, October 21, 2020

The UBC Social and Economic Change (SE-Change) laboratory hosted an online conference on October 21st, 2020, which brought together leading health economists, clinical researchers, students, patient partners and community from across the globe for a dynamic discussion on key challenges facing health economists and clinical researchers in incorporating health economics.

The conference was moderated by Dr. Jennifer Davis, lead of the Applied Health Economics theme within UBC’s Social and Economic Change (SE-Change) laboratory. Opening remarks were led by Dean Roger Sugden, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan and Karim Khan, Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s – Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA).

Keynote speakers and panelists for the conference included Professors: Julie Ratcliffe (Professor of Health Economics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences), Stirling Bryan (President of BC Academic Health Science Network), Joanna Coast (Professor in the Economics of Health & Care at the University of Bristol) and panelist Karim Khan (CIHR-IMHA Scientific Director).

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Health Economists

We are seeking diverse partners (clinicians, clinical trialists, health economists, statisticians, policy makers) and collaborators to join our interest group and encourage health economists to connect with us and join in growing our network across Canada.

Graduate students

If you are a graduate student interested in finding out more information about research opportunities with us, please contact us for more information.


Are you interested in volunteering with us? We are currently looking for individuals with expertise in conducting literature reviews or economic evaluations. If you think you would like to support our group, please reach out to let us know how you would like to contribute or support our work.

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