Meet the team of PHDA Instructors

PHDA 01 Working with Administrative Data

Kim NuernbergerKim Nuernberger is a Senior Analyst for the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She brings to this course more than 10 years of experience as a health data analyst, much of it working with large administrative health data sets. Her experience spans a broad range of health service issues covering the life course and representing everything from contraception to the provision and delivery of appropriate long-term care services.

A strong advocate of lifelong learning, Kim completed a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria in 2005 and solidified her skills in health research through completion of the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis. Most recently she has been involved in a collaborative project involving researchers based at the University of Victoria and the Fraser Health Authority examining patterns and predictors of long-term care use through administrative and clinical data. This project has involved extensive use of SAS and other statistical software to link anonymized data sets and employ a wide variety of statistical techniques.

PHDA 02 Epidemiological Statistics

Mohsen Soltanifar

Mohsen Soltanifar, PhD(biostat), MSc(biostat), MSc(math) is currently a Senior Biostatistician at Cytel Canada Vancouver office. His main area of expertise is statistical inference and biostatistical methodology development in neurology, clinical trials and public health. His current responsibilities include biostatistical methodology development, manuscript publication in journals and poster presentation in international pharmaceutical conferences in the areas of network meta-analysis, Bayesian adaptive trials, and simulations. In addition, he serves as consulting biostatistician for various clients. He brings eight years’ experience of data analysis and biostatistical methodology development at the time of joining University of Victoria Division of Continuing Studies.

Prior to joining UVic, he served as instructor at the University of Toronto (2017-2021), and research assistant in three institutions including the SickKids Hospital in Toronto (2015-2020), Canadian Center for Health and Safety in Agriculture in Saskatoon (2014), and Saskatchewan Population Health Research Evaluation Unit in Saskatoon(2012-2014). His developed skills in the mentioned positions include data analysis of various designs, statistical programming with BUGS, R, SAS, STATA and SPSS, presentation at various national and international statistical conferences.

PHDA 03 Population Health and Geographical Information Systems

Joey SyerJoseph (Joey) Syer is a senior Geomatics Specialist at Hemmera, an Ausenco Company. Joey has over 10 years of experience in GIS and spatial analysis. He holds a BGIS from BCIT, is a registered GISP and a graduate of the PHDA program. To expand on these skills Joey is also studying epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Much of his time is split between the development of novel data analysis & data collection systems and exploring the uses of GIS technology in epidemiology & environmental science. Joey’s interests are in macro geographic processes, spatial epidemiology, ecology and disease transmission (One Health), and python programming.

PHDA 04 Spatial Epidemiology and Outbreak Detection

Joey SyerJoseph (Joey) Syer is a senior Geomatics Specialist at Hemmera, an Ausenco Company. Joey has over 10 years of experience in GIS and spatial analysis. He holds a BGIS from BCIT, is a registered GISP and a graduate of the PHDA program. To expand on these skills Joey is also studying epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Much of his time is split between the development of novel data analysis & data collection systems and exploring the uses of GIS technology in epidemiology & environmental science. Joey’s interests are in macro geographic processes, spatial epidemiology, ecology and disease transmission (One Health), and python programming.

PHDA 05 Longitudinal Analysis and Multi-level Modeling of Population Health Data

Laura HolderLaura Holder is a Senior Analyst with the Analytics and Special Projects team at the Western Office of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She completed her M.Sc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Public Health Sciences Department at Queen’s University, Ontario. Her graduate research focused on how best to employ statistical methodologies to handle missing data in complex survey settings and the impact these methodological choices have on the conclusions drawn in studies. Prior to her role at CIHI, Laura worked as an analyst with the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES), where she used administrative health data to conduct the analyses for a broad range of studies. These included international comparisons of childhood mortality, usage of the emergency department for mental health issues, validation of liver disease case definitions, and maternal outcomes for incarcerated women. In her current role at CIHI, Laura and her team work to support the analytic capacity of Canada’s western jurisdictions. 

PHDA 06 Health Services Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Marla SteinbergMarla Steinberg has been a professional evaluator for over 25 years.  She has conducted evaluations in a wide range of areas including early childhood development, health promotion, research capacity building, organizational development, leadership, partnerships and coalitions, health services, research impact, and knowledge transfer and exchange.  Her work has examined strategies, policies and programs at the federal, provincial, and community levels.  She has extensive experience in teaching and professional development that spans developing and delivering graduate level courses, in-service coaching support for health service professionals, in-person workshops, and e-learning courses.  She brings to her work a passion for evaluation and a focus on engaging and experiential learning.

 

Course overview


Watch this video for an introduction to the PHDA course.