Mike Wilson’s research is focused on supporting the use of research evidence by health system decision-makers, including policymakers and stakeholders such as community-based organizations. He is also interested in research related to the politics of healthcare systems and the social determinants of health for people living with HIV/AIDS. Mike leads the McMaster Health Forum’s Rapid Response program and is conducting an evaluation to determine its impact on supporting the use of research evidence by health system decision-makers. In addition, Mike is involved with conducting several policy-relevant knowledge syntheses focused on mobilizing the best available research evidence about policy options that can be used by health system decision-makers to address pressing health system issues. He also helped lead the development of Health Systems Evidence and continues to use it to conduct knowledge syntheses, including evidence briefs, citizen briefs, overviews of systematic reviews and rapid syntheses.
Mike co-teaches (with Dr. John Lavis) an undergraduate course on the politics of health systems for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program at McMaster and a doctoral seminar for students in the Health Policy PhD Program.
He holds a BHSc. (Honours) from McMaster University, completed course requirements in the MSc. Health Research Methodology before transferring directly the PhD program, and studied political science at the University of Toronto. He completed his PhD in the Health Research Methodology Program at McMaster University and also completed a diploma in Health Services and Policy Research in 2010.