Arto Ohinmaa, PhD, MSc

Professor, School of Public Health


Professor, School of Public Health
(780) 492-6535
3-267 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9


Area of Study / Keywords

Health economics economic evaluation health-related quality of life public health economics mental health economics


My main research areas include economic evaluation of health care programs, health related quality of life measurement, health technology assessment, distribution of health and health care costs in the population, economic assessment of health promotion programs, mental health and vaccination and connection with health economic studies and policy decisions.

My special research interest has been assessment of the telemedicine and telehealth applications. My research often has a close link to decision making in government and health care organizations. 


PhD, Department of Economics, University of Oulu, 1997 

MSc, Department of Economics, University of Oulu, 1989



cost projections

economics of public health

health economics

health related quality of life

health technology assessment

telemedicine and telehealth


Research collaborations within the University of Alberta:

  • Institute of Health Economics, Canada
  • Faculty of Medicine, Canada
  • Department of Pediatrics, Canada

Research collaborations with other academic institutions:

  • University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Collaborations with non-governmental organizations: EuroQol Research Foundation, The Netherlands

Collaborations with governmental organizations:

  • Alberta Health Services, Canada
  • Health Quality Council of Alberta, Canada



Currently accepting MSc students.


SPH 570 - Introduction to Health Economics

A required course for the Graduate Embedded Certificate in Health Economic Evaluation, this 3-credit course provides an introduction to health economic theory and its application to health-related topics. The areas covered include: (1) demand, supply, and utilization; (2) health production and cost of services; (3) societal resource allocation and policy decisions; (4) health insurance systems and selected facets of health planning; (5) determinants of health and equity; (6) health economic evaluation. No prior economics courses or experience required. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 570 and SPH 570.

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Assessment and valuation of Health-Related Quality of Life and PROMS

I am Co-Director of the Alberta PROMS and EQ-5D Research and Support Unit (APERSU) and a member of the EuroQol Group and through these organizations I do several research projects using EQ-5D and other Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS). I am also an Associate Editor of the Quality of Life Research journal. 


Research - Cost-effectiveness of the school-based overweight prevention program

In this study our group is assessing different school-based overweight and obesity prevention strategies and developing economic models to assess their cost-effectiveness. These models are intended to inform decision and policy makers to select health promotion programs for children to improve their health status and prevent overweight and obesity.

Research - Economic evaluation of health care and public health

I am leading economic evaluations in several different kind of programs both in health care and public health setting.

Research - Tele mental health of children and adolescents

I am leading the economic evaluation of several tele mental health projects that are directed for children and adolescents.  

Featured Publications

Ekwaru JP, Ohinmaa A, Dabravolskaj J, Maximova K, Veugelers P

European Journal of Public Health. 2021 December; 31 (6):1183-1189 10.1093/eurpub/ckab130

Wu Xiuyun, Veugelers P, Ohinmaa A

Frontiers in Nutrition. 2021 March; 8, 638259 10.3389/fnut.2021.638259

Ohinmaa A, Zheng Y, Jeerakathil T, Klarenbach S, Hakkinen U, Nguyen T, Friesen D, Ruseski J, Kaul P, Ariste R, Jacobs P

Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2016 December; 25 (12):2844-2850

Xie Feng, Pullenayegum E, Gaebel K, Bansback N, Bryan S, Ohinmaa A, Poissant L, Johnson JA

Medical Care. 54 (1):98-105

Ohinmaa A, Nguyen T, Barnabe C, Homik J, Barr S, Martin L, Maksymowych W

Arthritis Care & Research. 66 (9):1319-1327

Ekwaru JP, Ohinmaa A, Tran BX, Setayeshgar S, Johnson JA, Veugelers PJ

PLoS ONE. 12 (5 (e0177848)):1-13

Wu XY, Ohinmaa A, Veugelers P

Nutrients. 6 (12):1-12

McClure N, Al Sayah F, Ohinmaa, Johnson JA

Value in Health. In Press (Online):1-8

Wang J, Jacobs P, Ohinmaa A, Dezetter A, Lesage A

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 63 (4):250-256

Lieffers J, Ekwary JP, Ohinmaa A, Veugelers P

Plos One. 13 (4):1-17

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