Health Economics & Simulation Modelling


Health economics is concerned with the connections between health and the resources needed to promote health (e.g., time, people, money and equipment). Because resources are limited, choices need to be made, and priorities need to be identified.

By applying economic theories of demand, supply and social choice, health economics aims to understand the behaviour of decision-makers. This includes individuals, households, health care providers, organizations and governments.

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Methods Matters Webinars

“Methods Matters” is a new monthly webinar series from the Unit's Methods Clusters to showcase emerging research in patient-oriented research methods. Hear from Methods Cluster project teams throughout BC who are doing patient-oriented research while studying patient-oriented research!

Three Health Economics and Simulation Modelling teams have presented:

A colourful poster with a phone image for the webinar, "Using Natural Language Processing and Social Media Listening in Patient Oriented Research"

Using Natural Language Processing and Social Media Listening in Patient-Oriented Research, presented by Nick Dragojlovic and Larry Lynd

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A poster with a computer, and a group of peers sitting around a table for the webinar, "The Peer Models Network"

The Peer Models Network, presented by Stephanie Harvard, Amin Adibi and Zhina Madjzade

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A poster with a doctor helping a patient flex their foot, for the webinar, "Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for Falls Prevention"

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) for Falls Prevention, presented by Jennifer Davis and Daria Tai

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Educational Videos: Values, Funding & Health Care

Health Economics and Simulation Modelling Methods Cluster co-leads, David Whitehurst and Nick Bansback, are leading a project that examines the utility of educational materials for engaging members of the public in health economics research.

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The Peer Models Network

The Peer Models Network (PMN) is an initiative to make the scientific models that inform healthcare decisions available online, along with educational videos and other resources to help understand how they work.

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Cluster Themes

  • Diversity and Underserved Populations
  • Aligning Research Funding with Patient Priorities
  • Who and How? – Methods of Partner Engagement
  • Patient and Public Values in Research
  • Communicating Results
  • Medication Reimbursement
  • Supply of Health Care
  • Theoretical Foundations 

Projects in this Cluster

Co-Lead |  Nick Bansback


Dr. Bansback is seconded to the Unit from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he is an Associate Professor. Among many affiliations, he is the Program Head of Decision Sciences at the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcomes Sciences (CHÉOS), one of the core partner organizations of the BC SUPPORT Unit. Dr. Bansback holds a PhD in health economics from the University of Sheffield (UK), and completed his postdoctoral training at UBC. Currently a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator, Dr. Bansback’s research is focused on using decision science to maximize the value patients and the public gain from health care.

Co-Lead | David Whitehurst


Dr. Whitehurst is seconded to the Unit from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He is an economist who has specialized in the areas of health and health care throughout his career. Prior to his appointment at SFU in 2012, he held research positions at UBC, and at the Universities of Birmingham and Keele in the UK. His primary research interests focus on the measurement and valuation of quality of life and well-being outcome suitable for use in economic evaluation.