• Portrait of Colleen Metge
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room S113 – 750 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W3

    Phone: 204-470-6030
    Fax: 204-237-5160

Accepting graduate students

  • Master’s - yes
  • PhD - yes

Research themes

  • health services and policy research
  • population and public health
  • aging: social determinants of health

Research interests (expertise)

  • access to care
  • ethical, legal and social issues in health, health systems and research
  • evaluation and intervention research methods
  • feasibility study
  • health economics and analysis
  • health equity
  • health systems and health economics
  • healthcare effectiveness and outcomes
  • humanities and social science in health and health research
  • intervention studies
  • knowledge synthesis and translational research
  • knowledge translation and implementation science
  • management of chronic diseases
  • methods development: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
  • policy analysis
  • population and public health
  • population health interventions
  • program evaluation
  • psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioural determinants of health
  • questionnaire development
  • systematic review


  • big data analysis
  • evaluation
  • implementation
  • knowledge synthesis and translation
  • mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics
  • policy development and analysis

Research affiliations

  • Research scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP)
  • Researcher, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor (supply chain)
  • Researcher, Women’s College Research Institute (de-prescribing)

Research groups

CNODES: Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies

CNODES | Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effects Studies


Dr. Colleen Metge is an associate professor in community health sciences at Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

After graduation with a bachelor of science in pharmacy in 1975, she worked front-line pharmacy (hospital and community) and then with the professional organization of pharmacists in BC, she enrolled in a doctoral program in pharmaceutical policy at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1990.

On obtaining her PhD with an emphasis on epidemiology and economics, Dr. Metge accepted a position at the University of Manitoba, where she stayed as a tenured associate professor in pharmacy until 2009 teaching ethics, epidemiology, economics and pharmacy administration and undertaking a myriad of health services research.

Her research experience and expertise is broad; mostly, Dr. Metge is a methodologist who relishes helping students and others in conceptualizing the best approach to answering a research question.

In 2009, Colleen left the College of Pharmacy to take the position of director, research and evaluation with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).

Before her retirement from the WRHA in June 2017, Colleen managed an embedded research unit of 12 PhD/masters level colleagues who provide health services research and evaluation to Winnipeg’s health authority and the province of Manitoba.

She continues in her role as research scientist and professor at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the department of community health sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba.

Currently, she is affiliated with the Odette School of Business (University of Windsor) in supply chain management and with Women’s College Research Institute in prescribing optimization.

In addition, Dr. Metge has served as both chair and committee member on the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research’s Innovation to Commercialization grant review committee; she also reviews applications for Research Manitoba’s Innovation Proof-of-Concept grants.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Metge has been principal investigator, co-pi or co-applicant on 30 grants totalling $20.2 million, including the 5-year $1.9 million PATHS: Equity for Children CIHR Programmatic Grant in Health and Health Equity awarded to the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Seventeen of the grants were awarded in the last 10 years while not directly employed in academia.

She has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles.

She has conducted various population-level analyses at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, including:

  • appropriate use of pharmaceuticals
  • pharmaceutical use by older adults
  • pharmaceutical use in mental illness

Dr. Metge has also completed 17 evaluation reports for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority/Province of Manitoba.

Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada