Steven Hoffman

Current affiliation:
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Steven Hoffman wishes to leverage Canadian innovations in public health to help resolve health and security issues on the international scene.

Steven J. Hoffman (health policy, Harvard University), specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research informs global strategies that can help states and non-state actors to address global health threats and social inequalities that spill across national borders. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, development assistance, Ebola, health misinformation, maternal health, pandemics, R&D for health technologies, and tobacco control. He previously worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and the United Nations Secretary-General's Office in New York City, USA.

Doctoral research

National and International Strategies for Optimally Addressing Global Health Threats, Inequalities and Human Rights

Eliminating two-thirds of child mortality and three-quarters of maternal mortality would be possible if only we could fully implement existing solutions. New approaches are clearly necessary but are hampered by uncertainty for how international institutions and countries like Canada can best contribute. This project will be undertaken in three parts. First, legal and political analysis will be used to evaluate the apparent paradox facing the global health community by conflicting aspirations for achieving both evidence-based policymaking and democratic accountability. Second, dynamic network analysis will be applied to describe and map out the evolution of the global health system over the last twenty years. Third, international cooperation and knowledge sharing among governments, scientists and the media during global pandemics will be studied using a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches. These investigations will help identify new strategies for optimally addressing global health threats, inequalities and human rights around the world.

Steven Hoffman has recently completed a PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University where he was researching how global regulatory strategies can be designed to better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges like access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, health news misinformation, pandemics and tobacco. An international lawyer by training, Steven previously worked at a cross-border law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation, health product regulation and government relations. He also previously worked for the World Health Organization, Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research, and Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. He convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine and served as a Fellow in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He has appointments as an Assistant Professor (part-time) of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University, an Adjunct Faculty with the McMaster Health Forum, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Steven holds a BHSc from McMaster University, an MA in Political Science, a JD from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.