Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Connect to Research Expertise

These clusters of intersecting academic disciplines and research areas capture our faculty members' research interests, passions and expertise. Scroll over the coloured icons to reveal the Full-Time, Joint, Associate and Part-Time faculty members in each cluster; each name is linked to their individual profile.

Graduate students: the headings for Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Technology Assessment, Health Services Research, and Public & Population Health parallel the Health Research Methodology Program's fields of specialization. Another heading, Health Policy Analysis, mirrors the Health Policy PhD Program, and the eHealth MSc Program is embedded in the Health Knowledge Translation heading. Master of Public Health students should start on the Population and Public Health row of the matrix and branch out from there.

1: Primary research area. 2: Secondary research area. 3: Tertiary research area.


Behavioural and cognitive sciences: dedicated to understanding the mental processes underlying the actions/decisions of individuals and groups; the role of environmental factors in eliciting behaviours; and the mental representations underlying knowledge and skills

Biostatistics: the development and application of statistical methods to studies in the life and health sciences

Clinical epidemiology: the application of epidemiologic and biometric methods to the study of problems of patient management (including diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy) encountered in the clinical delivery of care to patients

Epidemiology: the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to promote, protect, and restore health

Health-care ethics / health-care research ethics: addresses the ethical dimensions of interactions in health-care delivery, policy making and research with the aim of enhancing the quality of people’s experience of care, and informing policy through interdisciplinary research and education.

Health economics: the study of the production and allocation of health in populations within the context of scarce resources.

Health informatics: studying the problems of organization, appraisal, retrieval, and transfer of health information into policy and practice, and developing and testing innovations to improve the translation of evidence into policy and practice

Health policy analysis: interdisciplinary investigation of how health policy is made, what it is, what it might become, and what its effects are.

Health services research: research intended to inform policy development and decision making regarding the organization, funding, and delivery of health services, or the allocation of resources dedicated to improving health

Health technology assessment: interdisciplinary process of systematically reviewing evidence and evaluating efficacy, effectiveness, cost, cost effectiveness and impact on patient health and health-care systems of adopting new health-care technologies

Knowledge translation research: research on the synthesis, exchange, and ethically sound application of knowledge.

Population genomics: genome-wide genetic variations and their expression of complex diseases in populations

Population/public health: focused on understanding. the complex and interrelated determinants of health in individuals, communities and populations.

Social sciences (excluding economics) and humanities: in CE&B, these include gerontology, history, medical anthropology, philosophy, political science, program evaluation, and sociology.