Previous Recipients

2019 | 2018 | 2017

In 2016 the Institute of Health Economics (IHE), in partnership with health economists from the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, and Alberta Health, developed two NOAHE Graduate Awards and two NOAHE Scholar Awards to build health economics capacity by bringing together aspiring health economists with policy leaders and researchers from academic, non-profit, and governmental sectors. Award recipients are listed below.


2019 Award Recipients

NOAHE Health Economics Graduate (Internship) Award Recipients

Nathan McClure profile pictureMr. Nathan McClure – University of Alberta Graduate Award Recipient
Nathan McClure is currently a doctoral student in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Mr. McClure’s PhD research objective is to demonstrate if, and how, the concept of a minimally important difference (MID) in health utility score may be operationalized in a health economic analysis. He has experience with the Alberta PROMs and EQ-5D Research and Support Unit, Alberta Health Services, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization, involving health status measurement, emergency medical services, communicable disease surveillance, and case management. He seeks to ensure replicable and meaningful study results using a combination of customized approaches and sound methodology.

Shainur Premji profile pictureMs. Shainur Premji – University of Calgary Graduate Award Recipient
Ms. Shainur Premji is currently a doctoral student at the University of Calgary. Shainur has experience as a Senior Analyst with the Population, Public, and Indigenous Health (PPIH) portfolio of Alberta Health Services (AHS), where she led health economics initiatives related to PPIH programming, including a study examining screening, diagnosis, and treatment patterns related to postpartum depression (PPD) in Alberta. Ms. Premji's goal is to become a senior health economist and professor, capable of leading research initiatives designed to improve evidence-informed health resource allocation decisions.

NOAHE Health Economics Scholar (Fellowship) Award Recipients

Jian Wang profile pictureDr. Jian Wang – University of Alberta Fellowship Recipient
Dr. Wang recently completed her PhD in Health Services and Policy Research at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. Dr. Wang’s PhD thesis focused on mental health services and economics. She has presented abstracts at international conferences in health economics, including presentations at the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress and at the Thirteenth Workshop on Costs and Assessment in Psychiatry. The focus of her NOAHE Fellowship project will be to examine the supply-side effect of financing psychotherapy services for children and youth in Alberta.

Yewande Ogundeji profile pictureDr. Yewande Ogundeji – University of Calgary Fellowship Recipient
Dr. Ogundeji is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary, whose research interests include health system policies and the role rigorous evidence plays to improve decisions towards better health outcomes. She is particularly interested in how health financing decisions can lead to better quality and equitable health care. Dr. Ogundeji has also investigated the impact of performance-based payment in health care in the United Kingdom and other European countries. Her fellowship research will focus on factors that influence specialist physicians’ choice of payment model and the association with quality and utilization.


2018 Award Recipients

NOAHE Health Economics Graduate (Internship) Award Recipients

Kai-Erh Kao profile pictureMs. Kai-Erh Kao – University of Alberta Graduate Award Recipient
Kai is currently an MSc student in Health Policy Research with a focus on health economics. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemical Science and Technology at National Taiwan University with additional coursework from health science, economics and business. She had also worked as a marketing intern at a biotech company and administrative assistant at Eli Lilly and Company. These experience triggered her to pursue a career in health economics, pricing, and market access. Her research interests include health policy, economic evaluations, and cost-effectiveness analysis. She is currently working on a project regarding modelling different strategies for a sugar tax on unhealthy foods.

Elham Adibnia profile pictureMs. Elham Adibnia – University of Calgary Graduate Award Recipient
Ms. Adibnia is a Doctoral Student and Graduate Assistant-Teaching at the University of Calgary. She recieved her MA in Development Economics from Alzahra University. Her primary areas of interest include Health Economics, Environmental Economics, and Applied Econometrics. Current research includes the Effect of Vitamin D Deficiency on Developing Cancer in Canada; Causal Effect of Retirement on Health; Ontario Coal Plant Phase out, Environmental Regulations, Infant Mortality.

NOAHE Health Economics Scholar (Fellowship) Award Recipients

Ellen Rafferty profile pictureDr. Ellen Rafferty – University of Alberta Fellowship Recipient
Ellen Rafferty holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan. She recently defended her PhD thesis, which is titled "Economic evaluations of vaccines in Canada: Exploring the epidemiologic and economic impact of chickenpox vaccine strategies in Canada using an agent-based model". Ellen’s field of research, and the focus of her NOAHE Fellowship project, is public health economics. The majority of her research to date has been dedicated to examining the economic impact of public health policies and problems, such as determining the cost-effectiveness of specific immunization programs, and estimating the national and global economic burden of a variety of public health issues.

Christine Michaels-Igbokwe profile pictureDr. Christine Michaels-Igbokwe – University of Calgary Fellowship Recipient
Christine Michaels-Igbokwe is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Economics in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Pediatrics. Dr Michaels-Igbokwe completed her Masters in Development Economics at Dalhousie University in 2007 and obtained her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015. She has extensive experience working in low and middle income settings in Eastern and Southern Africa in the fields of HIV, family planning and prevention of intimate partner violence. Her current research focuses on elicitation of individual preferences and economic evaluations of interventions related to child and adolescent health in Canada.


2017 Award Recipients

NOAHE Health Economics Graduate (Internship) Award Recipient

Sepideh Souri, MSc. Candidate in Health Economics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Focus: Adult depression & Long-term care nursing coverage

NOAHE Health Economics Scholar (Fellowship) Award Recipients

Dr. Amity Quinn profile pictureDr. Amity Quinn, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Economics in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary
Focus: Association of the physician payment model and the frequency of visits and quality and costs of care for Albertans with chronic diseases



Dat Tran profile pictureDr. Dat Tran, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Economics in the Department of Health Economics at the University of Alberta
Focus: HIV/AIDS, monitoring and evaluation, health system strengthening, health information management system, reproductive health, maternal and child health, health outcomes and health services research, and health economic evaluations.