Population Research Laboratory (PRL) , Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta

Established in 1966, the Population Research Laboratory (PRL) is a centre for social science research at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. With more than 100 employees, the PRL is the largest centre of its kind in Western Canada. It has extensive experience in conducting research in the areas of science and technology, education, health, labour markets, social policy, immigration, public opinion and the environment. Our clients and partners include academic researchers, university administrators, government departments and agencies, regional health authorities, professional associations and non-governmental organizations. For more information about our services or projects, please contact us     

The PRL is administering a province-wide telephone survey on behalf of the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA). Comments or questions can be sent to Markus Lahtinen at HQCA (Toll free at 1-855-508-8162 OR in Calgary, dial 403-297-8162) or  Rosanna Shih  (780-492-4659) at the PRL.


2014 Satisfaction and Experience with Health Care Services Survey underway

The HQCA 2014 Satisfaction and Experience with Health Care Services Survey is currently in the field and is being well received by Albertans. The survey data will be collected until the end of May 2014, after which the HQCA will begin analyzing the data; knowledge that helps Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, health professionals and providers as well as other stakeholders improve the quality and safety of the health care system.





 In & Out of the PRL  

In 2014, the PRL will be 48 years old.





The Living Wall in the Atrium

We got these rocks!