Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Steven Hoffman

Steven J. Hoffman

BHSc (McMaster), MA (Toronto), JD (Toronto), of the Bars of Ontario and New York

Associate Professor (Part-time), Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact,
McMaster University

Adjunct Faculty, McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University

Associate Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population, Harvard University
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Global Strategy Lab
Fauteux Hall, Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa
57 Louis Pasteur St
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5

Academic Interests

Steven J. Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa with courtesy appointments as an Associate Professor of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (Part-Time) at McMaster University, Adjunct Faculty with the McMaster Health Forum  and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University  He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, development assistance, health misinformation, health systems, maternal health, pandemics, technological innovation and tobacco. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)” with John-Arne Røttingen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He is a regular columnist with Vox and writes the Burden of Proof column with journalist Julia Belluz.

Steven previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health – a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines – where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy's conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.

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Selected Publications

  1. Hoffman SJ, Røttingen JA. 2014. Split WHO in Two: Strengthening Political Decision-making and Securing Independent Scientific Advice. Public Health 128(2): 188-194. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2013.08.021. PDF
  2. Hoffman SJ, Røttingen JA. Dark Sides of the Proposed Framework Convention on Global Health’s Many Virtues: A Systematic Review and Critical Analysis. Health & Human Rights Journal 2013; 15(1): 117-134. PDF
  3. Hoffman SJ, Tan C. Following Celebrities’ Medical Advice: Meta-Narrative Analysis. British Medical Journal 2013; 347: f7151. doi:10.1136/bmj.f7151. PDF
  4. Hoffman SJ, Røttingen JA. Be Sparing with International Laws. Nature 2012; 483: 275. doi:10.1038/483275e. PDF
  5. Hoffman SJ, Røttingen JA. Assessing Implementation Mechanisms for an International Agreement on Research and Development for Health Products. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2012; 90(12): 854-863. doi:10.2471/BLT.12.109827. PDF
  6. Hoffman SJ, Sossin L. Empirically Evaluating the Impact of Adjudicative Tribunals in the Health Sector: Context, Challenges and Opportunities. Health Economics, Policy and Law 2012; 7(2): 147-174. doi:10.1017/S1744133111000156. Website
  7. Hoffman SJ. Ending Medical Complicity in State-Sponsored Torture. The Lancet 2011; 378(9802): 1535-1537. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60816-7. PDF
  8. Hoffman SJ. Strengthening Global Health Diplomacy in Canada’s Foreign Policy Architecture: Literature Review and Key Informant Interviews. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 2010; 16(3): 17-41. doi:10.1080/11926422.2010.9687318. PDF
  9. Hoffman SJ. The Evolution, Etiology and Eventualities of the Global Health Security Regime. Health Policy and Planning 2010; 25(6): 510-522. doi:10.1093/heapol/czq037. PDF
  10. Hoffman SJ, Lavis JN, Bennett S. The Use of Research Evidence in Two International Organizations’ Recommendations about Health Systems. Healthcare Policy 2009; 5(1): 66-86. PDF

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