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Assistant Professor

Connie Hoe, PhD ’15, MSW, studies the politics of health policymaking in low- and middle-income countries and the how industry interference affects public health.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe St., E8136

Research Interests

social determinants of health; global health policy; politics of health policy; evidence and policy; corporate influence on health; industry interference; policy advocacy; policy enforcement; policy compliance; injury prevention; risk factors for noncommunicable diseases
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of Pennsylvania
My research focuses on the politics of health policymaking in low-and middle-income countries; specifically, I utilize social science theories and methods to explore the process and determinants that lead to public health policy adoption, implementation, and compliance. This, for example, includes understanding the role of evidence in decision-making, and the role of interest groups (e.g. corporate actors) as well as other actors in the policymaking process. Currently, I am expanding my methodological approach to include the use of big data. Thus far, my work has been funded by the World Health Organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and U.S. Right to Know. ORCID:

I teach three graduate-level courses: "Policy Advocacy in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: Application for Real World Challenges," "Implementation: Making Change Happen in Tobacco Control," and "Confronting the Burden of Injuries: A Global Perspective." I also have experience teaching courses geared towards practitioners including the Global Road Safety Leadership Course.

As a consultant, I have advised the Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization. I have also had the opportunity to serve as expert reviewer for the World Health Organization, expert for the Implementation Hub, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, and expert for the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative.

Turkey; India; Philippines; China; Ukraine; Indonesia; Uganda; Egypt; Philadelphia; Gulf Coast Mississippi
Honors & Awards
1) Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2022-2024; 2) Excellence in Advising Award, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2018; 3) Global Health Established Field Placements Award, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2010; 4) Robert E. Davies Award for Remarkable Achievements in Social Change, Penn Professional Women’s Network and Penn Women’s Center, 2008; 5) Dr. Ruth E. Smalley Award in International Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice, 2007
Select Publications
Selected publications:
  • Hoe, C., Weiger, C. & Cohen, J.E. (2021). The battle to increase tobacco taxes: lessons from Philippines and Ukraine. Social Science & Medicine, 279 (June), 114001.
  • Hoe, C., Taber, N., Champagne, S. & Bachani, A.M. (2020). Drink, but Do not Drive? The Alcohol Industry’s Involvement in Global Road Safety. Health Policy and Planning, 1-11.
  • Hoe, C., Kennedy, R.D., Spires, M., Tamplin, S. & Cohen, J.E. (2019). Improving the implementation of tobacco control policies in low-and middle-income countries: a proposed framework. BMJ Global Health, 4(6): e002078.
  • Rodriguez, D., Hoe, C., Dale, E., Rahman, M.H., Akhter, S., Hafeez, A., Irava, W., Rajbangshi, P., Roman, T., Tirdea, M., Yamout, R. & Peters, D.H. (2017). Assessing the capacity of ministries of health to use research in decision-making: conceptual framework and tool. Health Research Policy and Systems, 15(1): 65.
  • Hoe, C., Rodriguez, D., Uzumcuoglu, Y. & Hyder, A.A. (2016). “Quitting like a Turk:” How political priority developed for tobacco control in Turkey. Social Science & Medicine, 165: 36-45.
Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety
Project Samuday
Assessing Compliance with Turkey's Smoke-Free Law