Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.

The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers -  Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David FeenyGeorge Torrance and Amiram Gafni - to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.

It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.

Using the tools of economics, sociology, political science and ethics, CHEPA researchers address issues such as:

  • Explaining and measuring the factors that cause social inequalities in health.
  • Finding the best ways to pay health-care providers and manage human resources to achieve higher quality and better outcomes for the money spent.
  • Determining what prevents -- and what enables -- patient-centred care and shared decision making.
  • Researching the best methods for assessing new health technologies and treatments, as well as the social implications of these methods.
  • Assessing the roles of values and ethical considerations in health policy.
  • Using public and community engagement to learn about the health system.
  • Finding ways to support evidence-informed policymaking.

CHEPA’s knowledge exchange program, which uses multiple strategies for communicating and sharing information, ensures the knowledge generated through the work of its members is effectively communicated to health system decision-makers and other stakeholders. Collaboration with those who use the research ensures that CHEPA’s work meets the specific needs of these individuals and groups. Complementary initiatives, such as a rapid-response evidence service and training, enables health system leaders to identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.

  • Kaelan Moat joins CHEPA’s faculty

    CHEPA’s newest faculty member has a familiar face.

    Kaelan Moat, one of the first graduates of McMaster’s PhD in Health Policy program, joined the faculty this summer.

    He is Lead, Health Systems Evidence, at the McMaster Health Forum where he heads the maintenance and ongoing content development of Health Systems Evidence, the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for high-quality evidence about how to strengthen or reform health systems, and how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.

    His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in health systems policymaking, with a particular focus on both the evaluation of innovative mechanisms designed to increase the likelihood that research will be used to inform policy decisions, and on better understanding the influence that political factors have on these mechanisms and their use in both low- and middle-income countries, and in high-income settings like Canada.

    Full story

  • Seminar series resumes with a look at Public Health Systems

    CHEPA’s first seminar of the new academic year will look at issues related to research into public health systems and services.

    In Building the Case for a Public Health Systems Perspective, Anita Kothari, top left, of Western University and Dr. Megan Ward, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel, will draw from literature and recent organizational experiences to discuss the area of public health systems and services research. Focusing on Ontario, they will explain why a public health systems perspective is so important today, what a systems perspective in public health might look like, and how to address the challenges of implementing a public health systems perspective in the current context. 

    The seminar will be held on Weds. Sept. 17, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in CRLB-119. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.   

    Full story

Labelle Lectureship

Onil Bhattacharyya will present the 23rd  Annual Labelle Lectureship at McMaster on Weds, Oct. 1, 2014, from  3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in HSC 1A1. He holds the position of Scientist, Keenan Research Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor with the departments of Family Medicine, Community Medicine and Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. The annual lectureship was established in honour of  CHEPA faculty member Roberta Labelle, an Assistant Professor in McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences and a member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She was a "rising star" in her field, who died suddenly in July of 1991 at the age of 33.

For a schedule of future CHEPA seminars, click here.

Please send questions, comments or suggestions to the Webmaster (chepa@mcmaster.ca ).
Please review our Copyright Disclaimer policy

Interactive Marketing | Cubicle Fugitive