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Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Welcome to Health Research Methods, Evidence,
and Impact

Dr. Holger SchünemannThe Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B) is now the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI). Recognizing that the CE&B name captured only some of the depth and breadth of disciplines and expertise now in the department, we formally changed its name effective January 1, 2017.

The name is outcomes focused: we produce, synthesize, package, share, and support the best available research evidence in the health and health-care fields, and we undertake a variety of initiatives designed to achieve impacts at all levels within as well as across health systems. The name effectively connects us to the department’s history in evidence-based medicine and the global impact that this and other departmental initiatives have had. Moreover, the new name captures the department’s strategic goal of extending its leadership in health evidence and impact.

Born in 1967 as the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B), CE&B was charged with “enhancing the quality of clinical research through fostering rigorous scientifically valid clinical-research methods and their application in the Faculty.” Through its graduate-education program, the Department trained a generation of scientists who went on to successful research careers in the Faculty of Health Sciences, helping propel it to international reputation. CE&B’s clinical trials and epidemiological research projects led to breakthroughs in understanding and fundamental changes in clinical practice, and helped transform the clinical-research paradigm.

CE&B’s original masters graduate program (with clinical and nonclinical streams) grew to include both an MSc and a PhD in Health Research Methodology, a Master of Public Health, a residency program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, an online Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology, an interdisciplinary Health Policy PhD Program, and leadership in the interdisciplinary eHealth MSc Program.

HEI is forging a new integrated approach to research “from bench to bedside to policy.” To model this, HEI added two research themes to its central research strategy: infectious diseases (“Keeping Bugs in Check”), and perioperative care and medicine (“Achieving Worry-Free Surgery”). HEI will target funding and collaboration opportunities within these themes to build evidence and impact from bench to bedside to policy mobilizing new, better, and innovative health research methods.

I welcome your enquiries, requests, comments, suggestions and proposals. Please contact me at the coordinates listed below.

Holger Schünemann, MD, PhD FRCP(C)
Chair, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
Michael Gent Chair in Healthcare Research
Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact,
Department of Medicine

Phone  + 1 905 525 9140 x 24931 Administrative Assistant: Charmaine Fraser
E-mail  chairceb@mcmaster.ca for official department email
E-mail  schuneh@mcmaster.ca for research and other email

Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
McMaster University Health Sciences Centre, Room 2C16
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1, Canada

Department Leadership

Associate Department Chair Lehana Thabane, PhD
Assistant Dean, HRM Graduate Program Steve Hanna, PhD
Director, eHealth MSc Program Cynthia Lokker, PhD
Director, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology (GDCE) Robby Nieuwlaat, PhD
Director, Health Policy PhD Program Lisa Schwartz, PhD
Director, Master of Public Health Program Fran Scott, MD CCFP, FRCPC, MSc
Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program Julie Emili, MD, MSc
Department Education Coordinator Alfonso Iorio, PhD, MD
Department Steering Committee

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