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Following doctoral studies at the University of Manchester in government, Alan Davidson taught in the political science department at the University of Alberta for several years before becoming a policy consultant with Health Canada in the Yukon. After work on the Alaska Gas Pipeline Inquiry and consultations with First Nations on social and health impacts of development, Davidson served as Regional Administrative Officer for the Northern Health Service, Health Canada. Beginning in 1980, Alan Davidson developed the first Government of Yukon health department, serving until 1990 as Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Services. In April 1990, Davidson was appointed Dean, Health and Social Development, Okanagan University College. He remained in that position until the transition to UBC in 2005 when he became Program Head, Health Studies, UBCO Faculty of Health and Social Development.

In 2000, Davidson completed a Ph.D. in Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC and has undertaken research in health care organization and management, public health and health policy in Canada, the UK and Australia since that time. Davidson joined the new UBCO School of Health and Exercise Sciences when it was formed in 2012. Currently, Davidson teaches the social determinants of health and global public health.


Beginning my academic career in governance and public policy, my work and research interests moved into public health, health care organization and management, health policy, and epidemiology. My doctoral work was in health care and epidemiology and my thesis research focused on the significance and impact of regionalization of healthcare services in British Columbia.


My principal research interest is the intersection of public policy with the determinants of the health and well-being of populations.


Recent Published Refereed Papers
Smith, N., Mitton, C., and Davidson, A. (2014) A Politics of Priority Setting:  Ideas, Interests and Institutions in Healthcare Resource Allocation, Public Policy and Administration, doi: 10.1177/0952076714529141

Cornellissen, E., Mitton, C., Davidson, A., et al. (2014) Changing priority setting in practice, Health Policy 117: 266-274

Cornellissen, E., Mitton, C., Davidson, A., et al. (2014) Determining the definition of impact from implementing a rational priority setting approach in a healthcare organization, Social Science and Medicine, 114: 1-9

Smith, N., Mitton, C., Davidson, et al. (2012). Design and implementation of a survey of senior Canadian healthcare decision makers: organization-wide resource allocation processes. Health 4(11), 1007-1014.

Smith, N, C Mitton, A Davidson, B Urquhart, J Gibson, S Peacock and C Donaldson (2012) Decision maker perceptions of resource allocation in Canadian health care organizations: a national survey, Health Services Research (in press)

Davidson, A., Parallel Payers, Privatization and Two-Tier Health Care in Canada, Healthcare Papers, 8(3), 2008.

Davidson, A., Sweet Nothings? BC’s Conversation on Health, Healthcare Policy, 3(4), 2008.

Davidson, A., Under the radar: stealth development of two-tier health care in Canada, Healthcare Policy, 2(1), August 2006.

Davidson, A., Advancing the population health agenda, Healthcare Management FORUM, 18(4), Winter 2005.

Davidson, A., Dynamics without Change: Continuity of Canadian Health Policy, Canadian Public Administration, 47(3), Autumn 2004

Davidson, A., Stormy Weather: Labour’s NHS Reforms, Canadian Medical Association Journal, January 2004.

Davidson, A., Health Policy Lessons from Down-Under: pro-market policies boomerang, Healthcare Management Forum, 17(1), Spring 2004.

Davidson, A., Romanow, Kirby and Courchene: Canada’s health system, a moral or a business enterprise?Healthcare Management Forum, 16(4), Winter 2003.

Books and Book Chapters
Davidson, A. (2014) Social Determinants of Health: A comparative approach, Toronto: Oxford University Press

Davidson, A., (2009) Implicit Privatization and the Sustainability of Publicly Financed Healthcare in British Columbia, Politics and Government (Toronto:Emond Montgomery).