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Government and Policy – SPHA 511

Economics is one of the key drivers of public policy and influences actions taken by government on health policy. With this in mind, it is essential to get the most value for money. Leaders in health care can apply behavioral economics principles to provides results that can influence society for the better and bend the cost curve.

SPHA 511 Government and Policy (Year Two) focusses on health care policy and analyzes ways which the government and health authorities can implement behavioural change in the most effective way. Using local and international case studies, students will learn practical tools and approaches to take back to their workplace to improve outcomes and health system performance.

Course Instructors:

Lynn Stevenson, Adjunct Professor, UBC, Chair, HEABC Board of Directors, Associate Deputy Minister of Health (2014-2018)

I am a semi-retired health care professional. I spent the majority of my career in the health care system in myriad executive positions across the continuum of care with my final full-time position as the Associate Deputy Minister of Health in BC. I am interested in the interaction/integration of policy and practice and synergies between those two somewhat distinct areas of focus.

Lynn is a registered nurse by profession, she has a PhD in organizational change, leadership and practice.  In addition, she holds a fellowship with the Canadian College of Health leaders (FCCHL) and is a certified board director (ICD-D) with the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Dr. Steve Morgan, Professor, PhD, School of Population and Public Health

I am an economist who studies health care financing and pharmaceutical policies. I strive to be a credible scholar, trustworthy government advisor, and effective advocate for universal access to necessary medicines in Canada and worldwide.



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