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About the O'Brien Institute for Public Health

It’s a clear vision embarked upon by the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary--seeking to improve our health system and keep people healthy.

O’Brien Institute researchers have a critically important role in Canada’s public health, through our efforts to describe, design, and suggest improvements. We are truly interdisciplinary, encompassing more than 400 members with a range of academic and professional backgrounds, from research scientists and clinicians, to health system decision-makers and other health professionals.

Together, we have the expertise to innovate care and improve the experience for our populations, and to keep them healthy. Some examples of this include:

  • Food policies to prevent obesity
  • Research on the design of healthy cities to help prevent chronic diseases
  • Vaccination programs to prevent the spread of communicable diseases
  • And improving the health care system, through care in the home, eHealth tools, and patient-centred care.

Our goal is to ensure health research knowledge is translated into new models of care and changes to health policy, to benefit people across the country.

 We are working toward a vision of Better Health and Health Care.   


Vision: Better health and health care. 

Mission: To produce evidence that informs health policy and practice.


Interconnecting goals, targets, and objectives as laid out in our March 2013 Business Plan .