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Erin Hobin, Scientist
Why working at PHO is important to me
"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."


  • Adjunct professor, University of Waterloo 

Academic degrees and accreditations 

  • Doctor of philosophy (Health Studies), School of Public Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Master of arts (Education), Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Areas of expertise

  • Population-level interventions for obesity prevention
  • Environmental factors and obesity-related behaviours including healthy eating and physical activity
  • School-based policies targeting physical activity and healthy eating
  • Food and nutrition labels

PHO research interests

  • Understanding the association between environmental factors and obesity and obesity-related risk behaviours
  • Investigating population-level policy and environmental interventions focused on nutrition and physical activity promotion for the purposes of obesity prevention
  • Examining the impact of nutrition policies and programs on behaviour 

Current PHO research activities

  • Investigating the impact of a simplified labelling system on food purchases in supermarkets across Canada
  • Examining the understanding and use of Nutrition Facts tables among young Canadians
  • Examining the nutritional quality of children’s meals and the food environments available to children in fast-food chain restaurants in Canada
  • Collaborating on a quasi-experimental study examining the impact of the built environment on health behaviours including physical activity and mental health
  • Collaborating on a quasi-experimental study investigating the impact of a province-wide physical education policy on adolescents’ physical activity behaviours
  • Collaborating on a study of the status of a province-wide daily physical activity policy in Ontario elementary schools
  • Collaborating on a study investigating the impact of the Sparking Life intervention on students’ academic achievement, mental health, and physical activity

Selected publications

Hobin E, White C, Li Y, Chiu M, O’Brien MF, Hammond D. Nutritional quality of food items on fast food “Kids’ Menus”: comparisons across countries and companies. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print] 
Hobin EP, Hammond DG, Daniel S, Hanning RM, Manske S. The Happy Meal® effect: The impact of toy premiums on healthy eating among children in Ontario, Canada. Can J Public Health. 2012;103(4):e244-8.
Hobin E, Hayward S, Riley B, DiRuggerio E, Birdsell J. The intersection between population health intervention research and knowledge translation: implications for policy, practice, and research.  Evidence and Policy, 2012;8(1):97-115.
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