Jeff Johnson, PhD, MSc, BSP (with Distinction)

Interim Dean & Professor, School of Public Health


Interim Dean & Professor, School of Public Health
(780) 492-9266
2-040G Li Ka Shing Centre For Research
8602 112 Street NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E1



I am a pharmacist by training and a health outcomes researcher. My interest is in diabetes management, at both the population and health system levels, including diabetes surveillance and the assessment of the quality and efficiency of health care for type 2 diabetes.  I direct the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD) based in Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta. Through the ACHORD Group, I have led health outcomes research through epidemiologic, pharmacoepidemiologic, health-related quality of life and economic evaluations.  My colleagues and I are particularly interested in the evaluation of policies and alternative care delivery strategies to improve the quality and efficiency of care in diabetes. Our research has been influential in the development of clinical practice guidelines and health policies related to diabetes care, locally, nationally and internationally.  I also lead a productive line of research and application of health-related quality of life measurement, including various applications in controlled trials, population health, and health care system evaluation (e.g., PROMs programs). 

I have a long history of working with national and provincial agencies, both government and non-government, in areas of diabetes and public health policy and research. I was the co-chair of the Scientific Working Group for the National Diabetes Surveillance System (NDSS) from 2005 to 2009, where I advised the Public Health Agency of Canada on the future direction for the NDSS.  I worked closely with Alberta Health in a variety of roles.  I have served as a member of the Expert Committee on Drugs and Therapeutics, advising the Minister of Health on the Alberta Drug Benefit List from 2005 until 2015.  I was also actively involved in the implementation of the Alberta Diabetes Strategy, where from 2007 to 2012, I led the Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System (ADSS), and from 2008-2015 I lead the the Alberta’s Caring for Diabetes (ABCD) project evaluating strategies to improve the quality and outcomes of primary care for people with type 2 diabetes.  From 2012 to 2014 I served as the inaugural Scientific Director for Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition, Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services.

In addition, I have served as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, and research funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research), and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). I was a member of the Institute Advisory Board for the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes from 2006 to 2012.  I served on CDA National Research Council, as the chair of Committee III, responsible for funding of population health, health services, clinical/lifestyle intervention and diabetes education research. I have been a member of the EuroQol Group since 1996 and serve on the Board of Directors of the EuroQol Research Foundation.  I am also a founding member of the Diabetes & Cancer Research Consortium, which was recently recognized as an official Working Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

PhD, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1996 
MSc, College of Pharmacy, University of Saskatchewan, 1994 
BSP (with Distinction), College of Pharmacy, University of Saskatchewan, 1988


University of Alberta Centennial Professor, 2012-2019
Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction, Alberta College of Pharmacists/Pharmacists Association of Alberta, 2011
University of Alberta Killam Annual Professorship, 2010
Senior Health Scholar Award, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2009 
CDA Young Scientist Award, Canadian Diabetes Association, 2008 
Canada Research Chair, Government of Canada, 2007

health economics
health outcomes

health services

HRQL and population health

Scholarly Activities

Research - Alberta PROMs and EQ5D Research & Support Unit - APERSU

APERSU (Alberta PROMs and EQ-5D Research and Support Unit) is an intermediary office that connects the EuroQol Foundation with non-commercial users of EQ-5D instruments and other patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) in the province of Alberta, Canada.

APERSU offers many services including registering and licensing the use of EQ-5D instruments, as well as supporting research and use of EQ-5D and other patient reported outcome measures in Alberta.

APERSU was developed in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA), and the EuroQol Foundation, and is hosted at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta.


Research - Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD)

The Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD) is an emerging team in diabetes research, in Canada and internationally. ACHORD Investigators and collaborators have been involved individually and in collaboration in various sectors of health research, namely the clinical, health services and population health sectors.


Research - Evaluation of CACP by General Practitioners and Pharmacists in Alberta

The purpose of this collaborative research program is to evaluate the implementation of two complementary chronic disease management (CDM) initiatives in Alberta. The first initiative was a new health service code (03.04J) introduced 2009 to compensate family physicians for developing a comprehensive annual care plan (CACP) for their patients with chronic disease multimorbidity. CACP are intended to assist in the coordination and overall management of good patient care by improving patient self-management education. The second initiative in 2013 was a new reimbursement model for enhanced pharmacy services, aimed at patients with similar patterns of chronic disease and multimorbidity. Under this new model, community pharmacies can be reimbursed for providing standard medication management assessments (SMMA) or the development of CACP, similar to the family physician model. While introduced separately, each initiative is intended to support CDM by improving the quality of primary health care provided to people with chronic conditions, while containing costs. However, it is not known how the implementation of has affected the development of CACPs, and whether the effects have altered patterns of health care and outcomes for patients, or indeed, whether the patients themselves have perceived any change in the quality of the care they receive.  

Featured Publications

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

Medical Care. 2016 January; 54

Johnson JA, Lier DA, Soprovich A, Qiu W, Al Sayah F, Majumdar SR

Am J Prev Med. 2016 January; 51 (1):e13-e20

Ye M, Robson P, Eurich D, Vena J, Xu JY, Johnson JA

Prev Med. 106

Johnson JA, Sayah FA, Rees S, Qiu W, Chik C, Chue P, Florence P, Jacquier J, Lysak P, Opgenorth A, Katon W, Majumdar SR.

Diabetes Care. 37 (12):3220-3226

Crick K, Al Sayah F, Ohinmaa A, Johnson JA

Quality of Life Research. 27 (6):1625-1633