Students specializing in Health Economics

Students in the economics field consider the economic analysis of health policies and health systems, as well as the economic analysis of responses to health policies. Research areas may include, for example, health resource allocation, configuration of health human resources, economic evaluation of policy options, public and private financing of health care, societal investments in health production, etc. The dominant disciplinary perspective is that of microeconomics, but insight into economic behaviour may also be provided by perspectives such as business, psychology, and others.

Amilcar Azamar-Alonso
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Year Started: 2016
azamaraa@mcmaster.ca

Amilcar is a student in the Health Economics field. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Economics from the National Institute of Public Health (Mexico). Before beginning his PhD, Amilcar worked as Market Access and Pharmacoeconomics Manager for Stendhal Pharma in Mexico. His primary interests are in Health Technology Assessment and new methods for performing cost-effectiveness analysis. He is supervised by Jean-Eric Tarride. 

Fanor Balderrama
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Year Started: 2015
balderrf@mcmaster.ca 

Fanor is a student in the Health Economics field. Fanor holds a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (U.S.A.) and a Master’s degree in Business Administation from Universidad Privada Boliviana (Bolivia). He is supervised by Christopher Longo

Graham Dobbs
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Year Started: 2017
dobbsgc@mcmaster.ca 

Graham is a student in the Health Economics field. He holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy from McMaster University (Canada). Before beginning his PhD, he was a Research Assistant for the Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory examining open data networks and charitable giving expenditures. His thesis work involves investigating the determinants of substance abuse and disorders; analyzing burden of out-of-pocket medical spending among Canadians; and, examining alternatives to prescription opioid use. Graham is supervised by Emmanuel Guindon

Sophiya Garasia
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Year Started: 2017
garasis@mcmaster.ca 

Sophiya is a student in the Health Economics field. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Guelph (Canada). Before beginning her PhD, she worked as an epidemiologist with the knowledge synthesis group at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Her thesis research studies the impact of affordability of healthcare on both utilization of healthcare, including health outcomes in vulnerable populations, in both the Canadian as well as the global context. Sophiya is supervised by Emmanuel Guindon

Young Jung
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Year Started: 2014
jungy4@mcmaster.ca  

Young is a student in the Health Economics field. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from McMaster University (Canada). His research interests include Economic evaluation, the public/private mix in the financing of healthcare, population projection and the evaluation of factors influencing patients’ financial burden for health care services, particularly in the area of cancer. He aims to provide empirical evidence by analyzing data from different administrative sources and survey data. Young is supervised by Christopher Longo

Mariana Molina Jaimes
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Year started: 2018
molinajm@mcmaster.ca

Mariana is a student in the Health Economics field. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Economics from the National Institute of Public Health (Mexico). Before beginning her PhD, Mariana worked as a junior researcher in NIPH and specialist in pharmacoeconomics in Roche Mexico. Her primary interests are in the evaluation of public policies against obesity and nutrition problems. She is supervised by Jean-Eric Tarride. 

 

Wynonna Smoke
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Year Started: 2017
smokew@mcmaster.ca 

Wynonna is a student in the Health Economics field. She holds a Master’s in Economic Policy from McMaster (Canada). Before beginning her PhD, Wynonna worked for Employment and Social Development Canada in the Indigenous and Northern Analysis Division. Her dissertation is focused on Indigenous mental health. Wynonna is supervised by Michel Grignon

Students specializing in Political Studies

Students in the political studies field focus on the political aspects of health policy including the influences by political institutions, actors, values, and ideas operating within state and global jurisdictions. Topics of interest, for example, may include the role of historical institutional arrangements in shaping health governance reforms, the impact of global trade agreements on domestic home care and pharmaceutical policy, the role of the public, stakeholders, and prevailing values on policy agendas, etc. Political science is the dominant disciplinary perspective, with related areas including, for example, public policy analysis and administration, comparative public policy, law, ethics, political theory and philosophy.

Sultana Al-Sabahi

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Year Started: 2016
alsabahs@mcmaster.ca

Sultana is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics from Sultan Qaboos University (Oman). Before beginning her PhD, she worked at Ministry of Health in Sultanate of Oman in the Center of Studies and Research. Her thesis work focuses on supporting decision makers with priority setting in health systems, in particular understanding the role of local and global evidence in setting priorities. She is supervised by Mike Wilson.

Ahmednur Ali
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Year Started: 2016
alia76@mcmaster.ca

Ahmednur is a student in the Political Studies field. He holds a Master's degree in Health Policy & Equity from York University (Canada). Ahmednur is interested in how recommendations embedded in clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) can be better incorporated into public policies and vice versa. He is supervised by John Lavis. 

Valentina Antonipillai

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Year Started: 2016
antoniv@mcmaster.ca

Valentina is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master’s degree in Global Health (thesis stream) from McMaster University (Canada). Before beginning her PhD, Valentina was a Research Assistant on a project related to the internationalization of higher education for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and a program coordinator of a clinical research program at Michael Garron Hospital. Her thesis work explores policies regulating the provision of equitable healthcare for vulnerable refugee populations, and analyzes the political, economic and social impacts of refugee health policy reform using a mixed methods approach. She is supervised by Lisa Schwartz.


Jamie Ardila-Salcedo

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Year Started: 2012
ardilajo@mcmaster.ca

Jaime is a student in the Political Studies field. He holds Master’s degrees in Public Health (from the University of Sheffield in England) and in Health Economics (from Jagiellonian University in Poland) and a medical degree from the Universidad del Rosario (Columbia). His thesis work explores how health economics have been transferred into policy-making in middle-income country settings, studying the case of Colombia. He is supervised by John Lavis


Maria Bargeman
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Year Started: 2012
bargemmj@mcmaster.ca

Maria is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master’s degree in International Health from the University of Leeds (England). Maria is also a registered nurse and teaches in the School of Nursing at McMaster University and in the BScN Collaborative Program at Mohawk College. Her thesis work examines the need for and role of trauma-informed care in health policy development and implementation across various levels of the health system. She is supervised by John Lavis.

 
Ahmed A. Belal
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Year Started: 2017
belal@mcmaster.ca

Ahmed is a student in the Political Studies field. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Memorial University (Canada) and received his physician license from Cairo University (Egypt). Before beginning his PhD, he worked as the assistant director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Unit in the Egyptian Ministry of Health. His thesis work focuses on organizing public engagement in health policy making and how to translate the theories of health policy analysis into actions that would meet the public's needs. He is supervised by John Lavis.

 
Heather Bullock
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Year Started: 2014
bullochl@mcmaster.ca

Heather is a student in the Political Studies field.  She holds Masters degree in behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology from Queen’s University (Canada). Before beginning her PhD, she worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where she was the Director of Knowledge Exchange. Her dissertation explores the methodologies for change that large systems utilize and how governments can organize and support policy implementation efforts using evidence-informed approaches. She is supervised by John Lavis. 

Cara Evans
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Year started: 2018
evanscn@mcmaster.ca

Cara is a student in the political studies field. She holds a Master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Toronto (Canada). Before beginning her PhD she worked in the field of mental health. Cara intends to research mental health policy with a focus on public access to psychotherapy. She is supervised by John Lavis.

Kassu K. Gurmu
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Year Started: 2014
gurmukk@mcmaster.ca

Kassu is a student in the Political Studies field. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Medical Degree from Gondar University (Ethiopia). Before beginning his PhD, he worked as a technical and professional officer in the World Health Organization (WHO) offices for Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, and Yemen. His thesis will examine to what degree policy development, program management and service delivery in the PMTCT program in Ethiopia is evidence-informed, develop context-specific tools to facilitate knowledge translation, and evaluate the impact of using these tools. Kassu is supervised by John Lavis

Amina Jabbar
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Year started: 2018
amina.jabbar@medportal.ca

Amina is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Masters of Science in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University (Canada) and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto (Canada). Her research interests include evaluation metrics, health economics, and geriatric models of care. She is supervised by Andrew Costa

Tamika Jarvis

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Tamika is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from McMaster University (Canada). Tamika’s research interests are in public health services and systems research, global health, governance, and comparative health systems. She is supervised by Michael Wilson.

Ahmad Firas Khalid
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Year Started: 2015
kkhalida@mcmaster.ca 

Firas is a student in the Political Studies field. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from McGill University (Canada), a Master’s degree of Health Profession Education from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and a medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada). Before beginning his PhD, Firas worked program research consultant for the WHO in the department of Child and Maternal Health. His research aims to improve our understanding of the barriers and facilitators to KT in crisis situations in low- and middle-income countries and will include pilot testing and evaluating a knowledge translation intervention in such a setting. Firas is supervised by John Lavis.

 
Mohammed Kibria

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Year Started: 2015
kibrim1@mcmaster.ca 

Mohammed is a student in the Political Studies field. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from North South University (Bangladesh) and a medical degree from Chittagong Medical College (Bangladesh). Before beginning his PhD, Mohammed managed emergency health care, research and development projects in Asia and East Africa. His research interests include exploring ways of making health policies evidence-based, inclusive and people-oriented. Mohammed is supervised by John Lavis.  
Derek Manis
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Year Started: 2017
manisd@mcmaster.ca 

Derek is a student in the Political Studies field. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada) and a Paramedic Diploma from Centennial College (Canada). His interests are in aging and long-term care, health care funding and service delivery, health system performance, HIV and harm reduction, and interprofessional and primary health care. Derek is co-supervised by Julia Abelson and Andrew Costa.

Ashleigh Miatello
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Year Started: 2014
miatelam@mcmaster.ca 

Ashleigh is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Health Sciences from Brock University (Canada). Her thesis focuses on child and youth mental health. Ashleigh is supervised by Gillian Mulvale

Benard Miregwa

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Year Started: 2016
miregwab@mcmaster.ca 

Benard is a student in the Political Studies field. He obtained his Masters’ degree in Public Health from the University of South Wales (United Kingdom) and his medical degree from Dr. MGR Medical University (India). Before beginning his PhD, Bernard worked for the Ministry of Health in Kenya in a number of senior management positions. His thesis will evaluate pharmaceutical policy issues related to pricing and reimbursement mechanisms, drug insurance, access and use of medicines, health technology assessment and the evaluation of efficacy and cost-benefit analysis of health products and technology. Benard is supervised by Mike Wilson

Manisha Pahwa
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Year started: 2018

pahwam@mcmaster.ca

Manisha is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master's of Public Health degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Toronto (Canada). Before beginning her PhD, she worked on research on the epidemiology and prevention of occupational cancer in Ontario, and globally. Manisha's broad research interests are policies related to the prevention of health outcomes associated with environmental and occupational exposures. She is supervised by Meredith Vanstone.
Mathieu Poirier
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Year Started: 2014
poiriemj@mcmaster.ca 

Mathieu is a student in the Health Economics field. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, Global Health Practice from the University of South Florida (U.S.A). Mathieu is interested in applying novel health equity metrics across national boundaries to uncover gradients of health throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  These socially and politically determined inequities in health are often responsive to a multitude of health policies. One such policy is Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program creation and strengthening.  Using these novel metrics, I will research the effect of CCTs on health equity as well as the political considerations which go into their successful implementation. Mathieu is supervised by Michel Grignon

Donya Razavi
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Year Started: 2014
razavisd@mcmaster.ca 

Donya is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master’s degree in Global Health from McMaster University (Canada). Her thesis focuses on priority setting for health care, specifically examining the role of stakeholder engagement with a concentration on engagement of vulnerable groups in priority setting processes and decision-making. Donya is supervised by Lydia Kapiriri

Marcela Velez
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Year Started: 2014
velezcm@mcmaster.ca 

Marcela is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Antioquia (Columbia) and a medical degree from the Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira (Columbia) where she specialized in public health. Before beginning her PhD she was a professor and researcher in the University of Antioquia (Colombia). Her dissertation will explore how values in the Colombian healthcare system are understood, interpreted and used in policy development and implementation. Marcela is supervised by Michael Wilson. 

Qi Wang
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Year Started: 2017
wangq87@mcmaster.ca 

Qi is a student in the Political Studies field. She holds a Master’s degree from the Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Centre at Lanzhou University (China) and a medical degree from Lanzhou University (China). Before beginning her PhD, she worked as an intern at the Ministry of Health in China, focusing on health management and health policy development and was involved with the Chinese translation of Health Systems Evidence in cooperation with the McMaster Health Forum. Her thesis will focus on the development, adaptation and implementation of health-systems guidance. Qi is supervised by John Lavis

Shawn Winsor
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Year Started: 2011
winsorsp@mcmaster.ca

Shawn is a student in the Political Studies field.  He holds a Master’s degree in Health Sciences with a Clinical Ethics Fellowship from the University of Toronto (Canada). Before beginning his PhD, he was, and continues to be, Director of the Ethics Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Ethicist Lead at Trillium Health Care. He is also a member of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB) and Course Director of the MHSC (Bioethics) Practicum at the University of Toronto. His research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, health care decision-making, and health policy in the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Shawn is supervised by Lisa Schwartz

Students specializing in Social Organization

Students in the social organization field focus on the analysis of the social influences that shape the production of health (and illness), the organization of health services and systems, and their associated policies. Topics of interest, for example, may include the generation and use of information to inform policy, political economies of health and its production, policies to address the social determinants of health and professional roles and behaviour, etc. Relevant disciplinary perspectives include anthropology, business administration or management, health systems, history, ethics, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.

Alice Cavanagh

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Year Started: 2017
cavanaam@mcmaster.ca 

Alice is a student in the Social Organization field. Before beginning her PhD, she obtained an MA in Gender Studies and Feminist Research from McMaster University. Her doctoral work will consider the constituent pieces of a trauma-informed medical education, with an eye to better understanding how medical trainees learn to think about and respond to patients they encounter who have experienced sexual violence. She is supervised by Meredith Vanstone

Chungah Kim
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Year Started: 2015
kimc19@mcmaster.ca 

Chungah is a student in the Social Organization field. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a specialization in Health Demography from Seoul National University (Korea). Her thesis focuses on suicide prevention policies. Chungah is supervised by Jim Dunn.

Gautham Krishnaraj

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Year started: 2018

krishg1@mcmaster.ca

Gautham is a student in the Social Organization field. He holds a Master's degree in Global Health from McMaster University (Canada). He is pursuing research with the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group. He is supervised by Lisa Schwartz.

Ania Theuer

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Year Started: 2016
theuera@mcmaster.ca 

Ania is a student in the Social Organization field. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminology (Applied) from the University of Ottawa (Canada). Before beginning her PhD, she worked in the mental health field. Her thesis will explore studying the historical, social and political contexts in the development of modern police, health and mental health systems' response strategies in Canada. Ania is supervised by Melissa Brouwers. 

Sharon Yu
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Year Started: 2012
yusx@mcmaster.ca 

Sharon is a student in the Social Organization field.  She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Australian National University (Australia). Her thesis will be comprised of: 1) a realist review on the effect of socially-mixed initiatives on child development; 2) a program assessment of the Regent Park revitalization project on child development; and 3) an investigation of successful comprehensive place-based initiatives (e.g., purpose built communities). Sharon is supervised by Jim Dunn.