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Health Care Priority Setting – SPHA 533

Being a leader requires knowing how to apply specific tools, criteria and strategies to set priorities and make decisions about needs, problems and goals.

SPHA 533 Health Care Priority Setting (MHA Year One) will introduce principles and methods related to health care priority setting. Discussions will consider  economic and ethical principles underlying health care decision making, and compare these principles with an ‘evidence-based medicine’ approach. Students will be expected to design a priority setting process based on real-world constraints.

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Instructor Profile

Dr. Craig Mitton

Director, MHA Program, UBC

Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Senior Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation

Dr. Craig Mitton is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC and a Senior Scientist in the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. In 2015, Craig was the recipient of  the UBC Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of teaching excellence and achievement. From 2006-2012, he held a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award. The focus of his research is on the application of health economics to impact priority setting in organizations and in using relevant tools to assess health care services. He has given lectures on health economics, ethics and priority setting across Canada, U.S., England, Scotland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the lead and co-author, respectively, on two books and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles. He regularly works with governments, health authorities and other health care organizations in the area of priority setting and resource allocation.

Dr. Stuart Peacock

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU

Co-Director, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control

Stuart Peacock holds the Leslie Diamond Chair in Cancer Survivorship and is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. He is currently Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control. ARCC is a pan-Canadian research centre providing interdisciplinary leadership in health economics, services, policy and ethics research. Stuart is also a Distinguished Scientist in Cancer Control Research at the BC Cancer Agency, a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, and past President of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care. He has held university positions in Canada, Australia and the UK. Over the past 20 years, Stuart’s main research interests have focussed on research into developing more effective cancer services, making health system funding decisions fairer and more transparent, and improving the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors.