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Dr Mark Harrison (BSc MSc PhD) - personal details

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Dr Mark Harrison

Role: Honorary Senior Research Fellow


Centre for Health Economics

Jean McFarlane Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PT




Mark received a first class honours degree in Business and Management Sciences from the University of Bradford Management School in 2000 and an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh in 2002.

In 2002 he joined the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit at The University of Manchester as a Research Assistant. His initial work centred on projects exploring the socioeconomic inequalities in outcomes in people with rheumatoid arthritis, the running and analysis of a national rheumatology consultant workforce register with a focus of inequalities in provision, and the analysis of a randomised controlled trial. In 2004 he registered for a part-time PhD assessing the validity of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) when applied to people with rheumatic diseases, in particular preference-based measures for use in economic evaluation. Alongside his PhD programme he continued to work projects in rheumatoid arthritis centred on studies of drug safety and the prediction of treatment outcomes. Mark was awarded his PhD in 2008.

In 2009 he moved to the Primary Care Research Group at The University of Manchester to work on projects exploring the association between emergency admissions to secondary care and quality of primary care, and the impact of the introduction of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) on emergency hospital admissions.

Mark joined the Centre for Health Economics at The University in Manchester in July 2010 as Research Fellow and adviser for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service for the North West of England. He is currently involved in research projects focussing primarily on the measurement and valuation of health and preferences for healthcare interventions. His current projects include the evaluating the effectiveness of surgical interventions and comparing provider performance using routinely collected PROMS, capacity planning for cancer screening programmes using discrete event simulation, trial-based economic evaluation, and the presentation of risk in discrete choice experiments.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

International Health Economics Association

Health Economists Study Group

Editorial Board, BMC Health Services Research


PhD Epidemiology - The University of Manchester, 2008

MSc Epidemiology - University of Edinburgh, 2002

BSc(Hons) Business & Management Sciences - University of Bradford, 2000


In August 2014 Mark moved to the University of British Columbia to take a position as Assistant Professor (Sustainable Health Care) in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Mark was previously employed as a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Health Economics and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service for the North West ( In his role with the Research Design Service he provided methodological advice on research design and health economics to researchers in the region who were developing proposals for national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. Mark has over 10 years experience as an epidemiologist and academic health economist. Mark is an active researcher with multiple projects in collaboration with other research and clinical colleagues.