Dr. Rebecca Warburton

Dr. Rebecca Warburton
Associate Professor

PhD (London), MA, BA

Professional Information & Research Interests

Professional Information

Dr. Warburton is interested in the use of research evidence to inform public policy and improve the delivery of health care and other government services. Dr. Warburton joined the School as an Assistant Professor in 1999, having previously been a half-time Visiting Assistant Professor for the 1998/99 academic year. She is a health economist, and worked for the British Columbia provincial government from 1982-1997 and 2009-2012. Her government experience included two years at Treasury Board staff, and 13 years at the Ministry of Health, working in both policy and research positions. Professor Warburton is committed to helping prepare MPA students to become excellent civil servants and public sector managers.

Full CV

Research Interests

  • Quality, Patient Safety, and Reduction of Error in Health Care
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Evidence-Based Public Policy and Healthy Public Policy
  • Economic Evaluation Methods
  • Health Care Technology Assessment and Emerging Health Care Technologies
  • Drug Policy and Costs of Drug Development
  • Use of Administrative Databases for Policy-Relevant Research
  • Impact of Medical Premiums and User Fees on Access To Care
  • Information and Privacy Legislation Provisions Affecting Health Research
  • Population Health
  • Socioeconomic Determinants of Health
  • Child Poverty
  • Children in Care 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Warburton WP, Warburton RN, Sweetman A, Hertzman C.  The impact of placing adolescent males into foster care on education, Income Assistance and convictions.  Canadian Journal of Economics February 2014;14(1).
  • Warburton WP, Warburton RN, Hertzman C.  Does Full Day Kindergarten Help Kids?  Does Full Day Kindergarten Help Kids?  Canadian Public Policy 2012; 38(4):  591-603, DOI: 10.1353/cpp.2012.0045.
  • Light DW, Warburton RN.  Demythologizing the high costs of pharmaceutical research.  Biosocieties, March 2011. http://www.palgrave-journals.com/biosoc/journal/v6/n1/abs/biosoc201040a.html

Books, Chapters, Monographs

  • Warburton RN. “Quality and patient safety:  How do we get there from here?”, in Managing Clinical Processes in the Health Services, eds. Roslyn Sorensen and Rick Iedema. University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Sydney:  Elsevier, 2008.

Grants & Awards

  • BC College of Pharmacists, for Coverage with Evidence Development project, 2008-2012, $225,000
  • Principal Investigator, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research grant #CI-SCH-#63(01-02), "Improving Patient Safety: Costs and Effects Count". Career Investigator Award (2002-2008) and establishment grant (2002-2004).

Courses Taught

  • ADMN 509: Public Sector Economics
  • ADMN 544: Economic Evaluation Methods and Applications
  • ADMN 602: Research Methods in Public Administration
  • ADMN 620: Policy and Institutional Design and Analysis