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Stephen Birch

Stephen Birch

Stephen Birch was one of CHEPA's longest-serving members. After retiring from McMaster University, he moved to Queensland, Australia, to become the Taylor Chair and Centre Director of the University of Queensland Centre for the Business and Economics of Health.  While at McMaster, he received the Faculty of Health Sciences Rose Levy Rosenstadt Award and a research scholarship award under Health Canada's National Health Research and Development Program. He received his doctorate in economics at the University of York in the United Kingdom. He has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In the 2011 World Bank rankings of health economics researchers, he was ranked equal 1st in Canada and equal 35th in the world based on the volume and impact of his publications.

His main research interests are in methods for economic evaluation of health interventions, equity in health care resource allocation and needs-based approaches to health service and health workforce planning. 


  • economic evaluation
  • resource allocation
  • population health
  • oral health economics


Birch S, Gafni A. On the margins of health economics: a response to 'resolving NICE’S nasty dilemma'. Health Economics, Policy and Law. 2015. January, 1-11. 

Birch S, Murphy GT, MacKenzie A, Cumming J. In place of fear: aligning health care planning with system objectives to achieve financial sustainability. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. 2014.

Christell H, Birch S, Horner K, Lindh C, Rohlin A. Economic evaluation of diagnostic methods used in dentistry. A systematic review. Journal of Dentistry. 2014. 42. 1361-1371.

Birch S, Gafni A. Cost Effectiveness. In Gellman MD and Turner JR (eds): Encyclopedia of Behavioural Medicine, Springer Publishing Company, New York, New York. 2013. Part 3:512- 515. 

Birch S, Gafni A. Health Economics. In Gellman MD and Turner JR (eds): Encyclopedia of Behavioural Medicine. Springer Publishing Company, New York, New York. 2013. Part 8:915- 917. 

Gafni A, Birch S. Benefit Evaluation in Health Economics. In Gellman MD and Turner JR (eds): Encyclopedia of Behavioural Medicine, Springer Publishing Company, New York, New York, 2013; Part 2:204-208.

Birch S, Mason T, Sutton M, Whittaker W. Not enough doctors or not enough needs? Refocusing health workforce planning from provides and services to populations and needs. Journal of Health Services Research  &  Policy. 2013. May 2.

McIntyre D, Cleary S, Birch S, Silal S, Chimbindi N. Affordability as a positive concept: Analysing how households meet the costs of care across communities and between conditions. Social Science and Medicine. 2013. 80:37-46.

Ebrahim S, Busse J, Guyatt G, Birch S.  Managing moral hazard in motor vehicle accident claims. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2013. 34; 320-329.

Birch S, Gafni A. Health economics. In Gellman M, Turner R. (Eds.) Encyclopeadia of Behavioural Medicine. Springer, New York. 2013. pp 915-917.

Birch S, Gafni A. Decision rules in economic evaluation revisted.  In Jones A. (Ed.) The Elgar Companion to Health Economics. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK. 2012. pp 528-538.

Tomblin Murphy G, Birch S, MacKenzie A, Alder R, Lethbridge L, Little L. Eliminating the shortage of registered nurses in Canada:  An exercise in applied needs-based planning. Health Policy. 2011. 

Birch S. I dreamed a dream: England reduces health inequalities and wins the world cup. Health Economics. 2010. 19: 881-885.

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