Dr. Erin Hobin

Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

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"Working in the area of HPCDIP at PHO provides tremendous opportunities to stay abreast of the top priorities in public health in Ontario, to impact decisions, and to produce solution-oriented research by generating evidence to inform interventions for chronic disease prevention. During my graduate studies and now as a scientist at PHO, my research has focused on examining the impact and implementation of interventions on the health of Canadians. I am passionate and excited about the work I’ve done and the work I’m currently doing."

Areas of Expertise

  • population health intervention research
  • experimental and quasi-experimental studies
  • policies and interventions that relate to diet and nutrition 
  • alcohol labelling policy


Assistant Professor (status only), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Assistant Professor (status only), Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Studies), School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Master of Arts (Education), Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

PHO Research Interests

  • Developing and evaluating environmental and policy interventions that target primary determinants of chronic diseases, including healthy weights, healthy diet, and alcohol intake.
  • Applying quasi-experimental study designs to examine environmental and policy interventions as natural experiments.
  • Collaborating with policymakers and practitioners to develop research projects that are highly relevant and align with the needs of knowledge users.
  • Investigating the impact of food and nutrition policies and programs on behaviour.
  • Exploring associations between characteristics of supermarkets and food purchasing behaviours.
  • Examining the impact alcohol warning labels on consumers’ knowledge of alcohol-related health risks and alcohol drinking behaviours.
  • Understanding differential influences of population health interventions by socio-demographic factors.

PHO Research Activities

  • Investigating the impact of a simple, standardized on-shelf nutrition labelling system on the nutritional quality of consumer food purchases in supermarkets in Canada.
  • Launching a national cohort study in Canada to monitor eating patterns and dietary risk factors among young people in Ontario and Canada.
  • Examining the impact of the Ontario Healthy Choices Act on the nutritional quality of food and beverages on restaurant menus.
  • Testing the efficacy of various formats for displaying calorie information for alcoholic beverages on restaurant menus among young adults.
  • Developing and evaluating the impact of an alcohol warning label on consumers’ awareness and knowledge of alcohol-related health risks, Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines, and on consumers’ alcohol drinking behaviours.

Selected Publications

  1. Hobin E, Vallance K, Zuo F, Stockwell T, Rosella L, Simniceanu A, et al. Testing the efficacy of alcohol labels with standard drink information and national drinking guidelines on consumers’ ability to estimate alcohol consumption. Alcohol Alcohol. 2018;53(1):3-11.
  2. Vallance K, Romanovska I, Stockwell T, Hammond D, Rosella L, Hobin E. “We have a right to know”: exploring consumer opinions on content, design, and acceptability of enhanced alcohol labels. Alcohol Alcohol. 2018;53(1):20-5.
  3. Vanderlee L, Hobin E. Editorial – Seeking a new ‘normal’ in the Canadian food environment. Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can. 2018;38(1):1-2.
  4. Hobin E, Bollinger B, Sacco J, Liebman E, Vanderlee L, Zuo F, et al. Consumers’ response to an on-shelf nutrition labelling system in supermarkets: evidence to inform policy and practice. Milbank Q. 2017;95(3):494-534.
  5. Hobin E, Erickson T, Zuo F, Pasha S, Murnaghan D, Manske S, et al. Examining the impact of a province-wide physical education policy on secondary students’ physical activity as a natural experiment. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017;14(1):98.

View more publications by Dr. Erin Hobin on PubMed.gov

Public Health Ontario Scientist Profile: Erin Hobin

Dr. Erin Hobin discusses what excites her about her work, the impact of her research and why she chose Public Health Ontario.

Duration: 2 min

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Updated 22 Oct 2019