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Boris Sobolev

Boris Sobolev

Professor, PhD
Former Tier 1 Canada Research Chair In Statistics And Modelling For Health Care
Division Head in Health Services and Policy



FL7, 828 West 10th Ave Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9


This fall, SPPH continues to offer Causal Inference in Public Health Sciences, an advanced course in the School’s curriculum. Its goal is to develop competency in the methodology of causal inferences from observational data. Here, Prof Sobolev talks about the course on YouTube (https://youtu.be/sogifNwYeTo).

Whether you are studying epidemiology, public health, clinical research, occupational or environmental health, you will all benefit from its lectures, videos, tutorials and readings!


Professor Boris Sobolev is a Senior Scientist and Leader of Health Services and Outcomes Research Program at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Prof. Sobolev held the Canada Research Chair in Statistics and Modeling of the Health Care System from 2003-2013.


His research examines how people get access to health care, what treatments they receive, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The societal value of health services and outcomes studies lies in identifying the ways in which health care can best be organized, financed, and delivered. The main reason for public support of health services research is the common understanding that new knowledge will lead to more effective health care.

In 2018, Prof. Sobolev has been conferred the Oxford University Visiting Professorship for 3 years.

Former Canada Research Chair in Statistics and Modeling for Health Care 

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) Early Career Scholar award

Young Scientist Summer Program Fellowship,  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna

Senior Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2)

Sobolev started his academic career at the Radiation Epidemiology Institute at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, studying cancer risk in relation to exposure resulting from the Chernobyl accident. At Queen’s University, he worked at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, examining how people get access to health care, what services they use, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. Sobolev is best known for pioneering the epidemiological approach to studying risk of adverse events in relation to time of receiving medical services. Currently, he leads the Canadian Collaborative Study on Hip Fractures.

SPPH 681 – Casual Inference in Public Health Sciences