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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


Candidates sought for CHEPA/Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Endowed Chair in Health Equity

11 Mar 2013

McMaster University is seeking an outstanding researcher to assume the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis/Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Chair in Health Equity. We are looking for a dynamic early- or mid-career scholar who will lead an innovative research program focused on the production and communication of policy-relevant research that addresses issues of equity and efficiency in health and health-care, at the individual or systemic levels.

The Chairholder will have relevant disciplinary or interdisciplinary training in economics or political science/policy analysis (with a keen interest in political economy if the latter). Experience working collaboratively with decision makers and a strong commitment to improving public policy through research and exchange with policymakers are essential. Emphasis on the application of rigorous research methods to examine policy questions and identify policy solutions within or external to the health-care system (e.g., health promotion, public health, income distribution) is of particular interest. The successful applicant will also have an excellent teaching record and a willingness to undertake PhD supervision. 

The Chair will hold a full-time appointment (at the Assistant or Associate Professor level) in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B) with opportunities for cross-appointments with other University departments. The Chair will also be a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), a world leader in the production and dissemination of knowledge about the determinants of health, values related to health and the health-care system, and health system performance, and will contribute to the Health Policy PhD program ( The faculty appointment is secured by an endowment jointly funded by CHEPA, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. The appointment to the Chair is renewable in five year increment, subject to satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

For more information about CE&B, visit; for the Faculty of Health Sciences, visit

Applicants are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, along with a 2-page statement of interest indicating how their current and evolving research program aligns with the goals of the Chair and its emphasis on linkages with knowledge users to inform policy. This statement should include a description of experience interacting with policy makers and how this informs the approach that would be used in contributing to decision making.  Please submit all application material to:

Dr. Holger Schünemann, Chair

Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West, HSC 2C16

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1

Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 24931


Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, the search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 15, 2013.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

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