To produce new knowledge through academic excellence in order to inform public policy for health
Three priority themes guiding research to practice
Improved population health
The O’Brien Institute’s leading edge research programs in Population Health and Inequities focus on the health of the entire population, taking into account the environmental, social, and economic factors that determine our health potential. We research new ways to improve health and prevent disease in the general population.
In its present state, our health care system is not sustainable. Currently more than $0.50 of every tax dollar is directed towards health care. In addition, Canadians are aging and more than 60 per cent of us have a chronic disease needing care. One of the Institute’s primary goals is to achieve transformational change in our health care system.
Big data, innovative tools and methods for public health
Over the last decade there have been huge advances in the amount of data we generate and collect in all aspects of our lives, as well as in our ability to use technology to analyze and understand it. The intersection of these societal trends is called Big Data and Smart Analytics, and it is helping us shape health care to become more efficient and productive.
The O’Brien Institute for Public Health brings together an interdisciplinary group of population and health services researchers, health practitioners, trainees, and decision-makers, working together toward a common goal: Better Health and Health Care.
We study health care systems in search of ways to make them better. We also study new ways to prevent disease and promote health in the general population. And we engage our communities to understand what matters to them most. Our mandate is to produce new knowledge through academic excellence, in order to inform public policy for health and to create a direct impact to our communities.
Centres and groups
Through a process of membership consultation, Research Groups of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health have been created to facilitate research activities within the Institute by concentrating within functional units its expertise and interest in the named topic.
Members of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health are continually working to improve health and health care. Here you will find a list of recently published works, as well as current projects and studies for which they are recruiting.