Steven Hoffman

Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Health

Department of Global Health and Population

Steven Hoffman is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University in Canada and an Adjunct Faculty with the McMaster Health Forum. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard University. An international lawyer by training, Steven is licensed to practice law in both Ontario and New York. His research integrates a range of analytical, empirical and big data methods to strengthen global regulatory responses to emerging health threats, inequalities and human rights challenges, particularly in the context of health systems strengthening, access to medicines, health security and knowledge translation. He teaches two fourth-year undergraduate courses at McMaster University on global health advocacy (HTH SCI 4ZZ3) and global health governance, law and politics (HTH SCI 4LD3) and a graduate course cross-listed between the Harvard School of Public Health and the John F. Kennedy School of Government on innovation, access to medicines and global governance (GHP 554/SUP-517M).

Steven previously worked at a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation and government relations. Building on this experience, he served as a Political Advisor on the executive team of 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 also previously worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he managed the UN agency’s Global Programme on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice, and served as a Fellow in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. 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. He convenes an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine.