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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; corporate influence on health; industry interference; global health policy; politics of health policy; policy advocacy; policy enforcement; policy compliance; injury prevention; tobacco control
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of Pennsylvania
RESEARCH 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 industry interference (e.g. tobacco industry, alcohol industry, ultra-processed food and drink industry) in public health policymaking, understand how international and national actors work collectively to counter industry interference and advocate for national policy change/implementation, and examine factors that foster effective policy implementation and enforcement. Currently, I am the principal investigator of a World Health Organization-funded study aimed at mapping the involvement of the alcohol industry in road safety policies and programs around the world as well as a Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded study aimed at assessing the level of compliance with Turkey's smoke-free law in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. My research portfolio also includes 1) a study that seeks to uncover the strategies used by advocates during major tobacco control advocacy battles to answer the question why tobacco control policies have been successfully adopted and implemented in some low-and middle-income countries but not others; 2) a multi-country study examining road safety policy compliance, and 3) a study aimed at exploring the tactics used by a food industry front-group. TEACHING 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. PRACTICE As a consultant, I have advised the Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization, Thailand Country Office. INTERNATIONAL & US-BASED FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE Turkey; India; Philippines; China; Ukraine; Indonesia; Uganda; Egypt; Philadelphia; Gulf Coast Mississippi
Honors & Awards
Excellence in Advising Award, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2018 Global Health Established Field Placements Award, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2010 Robert E. Davies Award for Remarkable Achievements in Social Change, Penn Professional Women’s Network and Penn Women’s Center, 2008 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.
  • Hoe, C. & Hyder, A.A. (2017). Alcohol Industry and Public Health: Friends or Foe? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(4), 635-636.
  • 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