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Charlyn Black

Charlyn Black

Professor MD, ScD


2206 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Dr. Black is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, and a Faculty member of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR).

Dr. Black obtained her medical degree from the University of Manitoba and her doctorate in health services and policy research from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Black is a nationally recognized health services researcher whose work has focused on developing population-based data and information systems, using administrative data to monitor the quality and effectiveness of medical care, and developing data-driven tools to improve health care delivery. Her current research interests focus on policy approaches to preventing and reversing the rising prevalence of chronic disease in the Canadian context.

As SPPH’s Associate Director from 2015 to 2021, she was responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the School’s educational programming. In addition to this role, Dr. Black has also served in a number of other senior leadership positions: Director of the UBC Centre for Health Policy and Services Research (2002-07), founding member and then co-director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (1991-2001), and a founding member of the board of directors of Saskatchewan’s pioneering Health Quality Council (2002-2017).

Research Interests

  • Health services research
  • Population health
  • Quality, effectiveness and outcomes of health care
  • Health information systems
  • Knowledge translation
  • Research and policy

Current Projects

  • Health information for planning in health authorities
  • Approaches to developing population-based information systems

SPPH 581X – Epidemiology and Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases

SPPH 581Y – Developing Policy for Improving Population Health