Systems

Our Systems division works to understand and increase knowledge of the systems, economic factors and processes that underlie community healthcare delivery. The specializations organized under this division include Health Services and Health Economics.

Specializations

The following specialization streams are organized under this division:


Health Services Research

Given the complexity of healthcare systems, and the challenges they pose, our Health Services area includes an incredibly diverse range of research. Whether it’s healthcare financing, policy, or administration, our students seek to understand the underlying factors that impact who does and doesn’t have access to health services.
The goal of this area is to better understand health services delivery within populations—and apply that knowledge more broadly to improve healthcare access across the globe.

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Health Economics

Healthcare delivery and the financial resources governing it are inextricably linked. Health Economics explores and evaluates the nature of this relationship to help maximize how community health resources are used.
Health Economics looks to build a framework through which we can make informed, evidence-based decisions about the kinds of community health policies, interventions and alternatives that will have the greatest impact in relation to the resources allocated to them.

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We impact community health by:

  • Training students on the qualitative and quantitative skills required to analyze, manage, implement and improve public health;
  • Studying how health system structure, policy and leadership impact community health;
  • Actively engaging with community partners, including policymakers, government/non-government institutions and community health organizations;
  • Translating knowledge and undertaking research to help inform public policy;
  • Furthering understanding of health system economics and their impact;
  • Promoting community health through the study of health care providers, and health promotion activities;
  • Using economic and systems evaluation principles to address community health issues such as chronic disease, access to healthcare, health disparity, vaccine access, injuries, obesity and pandemics.

Information for students

Our students receive world-class training regarding the systems that regulate and impact both community health and health care delivery.

Education and research are focused on:

  • The effects of financial systems, organizational structures and government policies on health care delivery;
  • The development of conceptual and analytical skills to effectively analyze the effects of community health policies;
  • Health services research, health care administration and health policy analysis;
  • Health economics and their impact on health care delivery.

Graduates with specializations in Health Systems and Health Economics are highly sought after in the public, private and non-profit settings. Careers options include public health policy analysts, healthcare administrators, clinical researchers, health economists and health service researchers.  To learn more about career paths, visit our career resources page.

Division leadership

Deirdre McCaughey

Deirdre McCaughey

Associate Professor
403.210.7541
deirdre.mccaughey@ucalgary.ca
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Deborah Marshall

Deborah Marshall

Professor
403.210.6377
damarsha@ucalgary.ca
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