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Senior Health Economist

Senior Health Economist


PHSA Corporate

Vancouver, BC


In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of PHSA, safety, including both patient and employee safety, is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA. As such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

The Senior Health Economist reports to the Director of the Health System Intelligence Unit in Data Analytics, Reporting and Evaluation (DARE). The Senior Health Economist is responsible for the design, conduct, and completion of health economics and health services research to support business intelligence, policy and/or clinical research, and evidence-based decision making for a designated program area of PHSA. The Senior Health Economist provides leadership and direction to project teams and works with senior scientists, clinicians and divisional leaders to establish and maintain project operations.

What you’ll do

  • Consistent with PHSA and DARE policy and professional standards of practice, conducts quantitative and/or qualitative health economics and health service research studies in collaboration with health care professionals within the DARE, PHSA and its agencies, the Ministry of Health Services and other external partners.
  • Develops, critiques, and executes decision analytic models for economic evaluation of health care initiatives by collecting, linking and analyzing primary data and/or large administrative datasets. Researches and designs tools, templates and techniques to model outcomes from a clinical, population and budgetary perspective.
  • Use mathematical methods in economic research and planning to conduct frequentist, regression and model-based analysis to support health economic evaluation; create briefing notes, business cases and reports to communicate results of analyses.
  • Prepares final health economics and services research reports for dissemination to collaborating parties. Prepares abstracts, posters and oral presentations for submission to scientific conferences. Disseminates findings by preparing manuscripts for scientific publication and executive reports for internal partners.


What you bring


  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a PhD in Health Economics, Health Services, Health Policy or related discipline and a minimum of 3-years related experience in a healthcare or academic research environment. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.


Skills & Knowledge

  • Advanced knowledge of health economics theory and demonstrated excellence in the application of health economics methods. Expert knowledge of study design, data collection and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform advanced data manipulation, analysis and information presentation through the use of database and spreadsheet software. Working knowledge of health systems.
  • Ability to adapt to new technology. Programming economic models using statistical software such as R, and /or SAS, and /or in Microsoft Excel is required. Good knowledge of descriptive statistics, statistical inference and modeling using statistical software such as R, and /or SAS.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to identify, plan and execute independent work in a collaborative environment. Ability to contribute both as a team member and a team lead.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills including the ability to comprehend complex issues and related data/information and present information in concise and meaningful ways. Demonstrated organization skills to generate work plans to meet project deadlines within timeline, scope and budget. Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.


Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Salary Range: $80,935 - $116,344/year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.
1333 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6H 1G9
Closing date: 
Until Filled
Hours of Work: 
08:00-16:00; 08:30-16:30; 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday
Requisition #: 


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


What we do

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.