Strategic plan 2022-2027

O'Brien Institute strategic plan 2022-2027

Advancing public health through research excellence

Our mission

is to advance public health through research excellence.

We are

a research institute that champions research to promote population health and high-quality sustainable health care for all.

Our role

is to support academic scholars to tackle public health challenges, bringing them together with health practitioners, citizens, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations when collective action is required.

Areas of focus:

Healthier Populations

Our goal is to improve health equity and the conditions that determine health.

Strategy: Establish a health equity hub that fosters collaborative intersectional research to address the upstream determinants of population health inequities.

Strategy: Enhance research that examines the underlying causes of morbidity and mortality in populations across all ages and that identifies and accelerates the use of prevention strategies to improve population health.

Better Health Care

Our goal is to transform health care so that sustainable high quality health care is available to all people.

Strategy: Establish a health system partnered program to embed research into health care delivery to foster continuous quality improvement and innovation.

Strategy: Expand our capacity to adapt, evaluate and implement digital technologies for better health care.

Thought Leadership

Our goal is to solve complex public health challenges with great ideas and resolve.

Strategy: Establish a knowledge exchange strategy that brings academic scholars together with citizens, health practitioners, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to collectively tackle public health challenges.

Strategy: Grow a public health innovation ecosystem to increase the impact of our research.

Strategy: Bring geographically distributed experts together into a virtual health policy centre to advance evidence informed considerations of health in all policies.

Organizational Enablers:



We are one community that supports each other.



We foster strong relationships with health practitioners, citizens, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to maximize our impact.



We establish diverse and effective funding programs to support our people.

Systems and Programs

Programs and services

We allocate resources towards achieving research excellence and public health impact. 

Our values


Nurturing transdisciplinary approaches.


Tackling the most difficult problems.


Prioritizing citizen and patient engagement.


Inspiring creative solutions to complex problems.


Building trust through honest, open, and ethical work.


Embodying equity, diversity, and inclusion in our people, principles and actions.