M. Ruth Lavergne

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences


  • BS, Environment and Health, University of Toronto
  • MSc, Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
  • PhD, Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia


Ruth is a quantitative researcher who uses observational methods and large administrative datasets to examine health care delivery and evaluate policies. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor at SFU in July 2016 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University. She completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2015.

Research Interests

Ruth seeks to generate evidence that can help inform health policy, and ultimately support better outcomes for patients, greater equity within populations, and more efficient use of society’s resources. Ruth leads a team examining primary care reform in British Columbia, and is involved in cross-provincial comparison of primary care policies. Other research interests include regional variation in health services delivery, rural health, palliative care, and health human resources.

Ruth has methodological expertise in quasi-experimental research design and use of administrative data in health research.

Teaching Interests

Canadian and comparative health care policy; quantitative research methods; observational research design; use of routinely-collected data in health research.

Publications and Activities

View Ruth’s publications here.