2016 Jack Boan Student Essay Competition

Purpose and overview:

In 2008, the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation launched its annual student essay competition. The intent is to foster Canadian health economics and health policy research among undergraduate and graduate students. The competition is publicized in French and English through undergraduate and graduate programs in economics, health policy, health administration, community and public health and applied health research programs across Canada, CAHSPR, and other local applied health research networks. Over 300 essays have been submitted since the launch of this competition. Essays are reviewed and scored independently by two members of the panel of judges to avoid potential conflicts of interest – so that double blind protocols are maintained as much as possible.


  • Students registered at a Canadian University in undergraduate or graduate (masters or PhD) studies related to any of the following fields:
    • health services research
    • health policy
    • health administration
    • health economics
    • health informatics
    • public health
    • epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Students with a Canadian citizenship registered at a university outside the country are also eligible to participate.
  • Essay submissions are limited to one per student.
  •  If an essay submission has more than one co-author, all co-authors must be students.
  • Open to both full-time and part-time students
  • Essays must arise from course work in the previous 18 months, and must not have been previously published.


  • Essays must be submitted as a PDF file or word document to Susan Law at susan.law@mcgill.ca by the posted deadline. Winners will be notified prior to the CAHSPR conference of the current year.
  • The winning essays will be selected by a panel appointed by the President of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation.


  • The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation will award three prizes for the best submission:
    • Best doctoral submission $1,500
    • Best masters submission $1,250
    • Best undergraduate submission $1,000
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Annual Canadian Association for Health Services Policy and Research conference.
  • Students unable to attend the conference will receive their award by postal mail.

For more information about this competition or to apply CLICK HERE.

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