Laurie Goldsmith

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences


  • BA & Sc, McMaster University
  • MSc, Health Research Methodology, McMaster University
  • PhD, Health Policy & Administration, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill


Laurie J. Goldsmith is a health services and health policy researcher. She has a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University, and a BA&Sc from McMaster University. Dr. Goldsmith has conducted health services and health policy research for over 14 years in Canada and the United States, working with health system decision makers at the federal, provincial, state, and local levels. Her recent positions have included Research Fellow at the Center for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University and Research Associate at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Interests

Dr. Goldsmith's ultimate research objective is to contribute to eliminating disparities in health, particularly disparities resulting from economic and geographic disadvantage. Most of her work has been interdisciplinary and collaborative, as she believes that understanding and involving a variety of perspectives about health care system design will best improve the health of individuals and populations. She employs a diversity of methods in her research (e.g., grounded theory, cost-effectiveness analysis, case study, factor analysis), with an emphasis on qualitative methods. Dr. Goldsmith’s research interests include: access to health care, medical underservice, rural health, comparative health care systems, the politics of health care delivery, and the use of qualitative methods in health policy and health services research.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Goldsmith's teaching interests include: health policy and politics, health policy analysis, access to health care, comparative health care systems, and qualitative methods.