Kimberlyn McGrail

Kimberlyn McGrail

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Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
(778) 998-3821


PhD, Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia
MPH, Health Behaviour and Health Education, University of Michigan
BBA, University of Michigan

Research Interests

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Variations in health care services use across patients, providers and regions, and their relationship to population health
Aging and the use of health and social services
Personal, economic, and social factors that produce health at an individual and population level, and the role of the health care system in that process


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Dr. Kim McGrail is an Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, an Associate Director of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, a senior researcher with Statistics Canada and an associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Her current research interests are in variations in health care services use, aging and health care services use, understanding health care as a determinant of health, comparative health policy, and the development of health information and technology to improve evidence and practice. She has conducted collaborative research with provinical and national agencies including the BC Ministry of Health, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Health Council of Canada. Dr. McGrail earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Statistics Canada. She has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

She is happy to talk to graduate students interested in these and related areas of research.

Afiliations and Awards

  • 2009/10 Commonwealth Fund Canadian Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice
  • Statistics Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow (declined)
  • CIHR Doctoral Research Award

Courses Taught

  • SPPH 581D: Health Care Systems Analysis
  • SPPH 527: Social Determinants of Health