Dr. Jessica Hopkins

Chief Health Protection and Emergency Preparedness Officer

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My goal at PHO is to use science and evidence to support decision makers and those working in the public health and health care systems to improve the health of the population and decrease health inequities.

Areas of Expertise

  • public health 
  • communicable diseases
  • surveillance and epidemiology
  • public health policy


Assistant Professor (part-time), Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact, McMaster University

Adjunct Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Western Ontario
  • Master of Science (Community Health & Epidemiology), University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours, Evolutionary Biology), University of Toronto
  • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Public Health and Preventative Medicine
  • Fellow, College of Family Physicians of Canada

PHO Research Interests

  • communicable diseases
  • surveillance & epidemiology
  • public health policy

PHO Research Activities

  • COVID-19: examining child and family policies
  • COVID-19: collaborating on understanding mask use in schools through simulation
  • COVID-19: collaborating on public health syndromic surveillance using people-driven data 

Selected Publications

  1. Hopkins J, Bingham K, Marsilio K, Pedra I, Tibbits M, Fernandes J, et al. Supervised consumption site needs assessment and feasibility study for the Region of Peel. Brampton, ON: Region of Peel – Public Health; 2019.
  2. Hopkins J, Scott F, Cheng L, Berg E, Kang A, Kaushal S, et al. Hamilton supervised injection site: needs assessment & feasibility study. Hamilton, ON: City of Hamilton Public Health Services; 2017.
  3. Milinkovic DA, Birch S, Scott F, Newbokd KB, Hopkins J, Essue BM. A cohort study of factors associated with LTBI treatment initiation and completion in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Can J Infect Control. 2018;33(2):82-8.
  4. Lobo D, DeBenedet C, Fehlner-Gardiner C, Nadin-Davis SA, Anderson MEC, Buchanan T, Middel K, Filejski C, Hopkins J. Raccoon rabies outbreak in Hamilton, Ontario: a progress report. Can Commun Dis Rep. 2018;44(5):116-21.
  5. Hopkins J, Alsop J, Varga C, Pasma T, Jekel P, Rishi L, et al. Investigation and management of psittacosis in a public aviary: a One Health approach. Can Commun Dis Rep. 2016;42(5):112-6.

View more publications by Dr. Jessica Hopkins on PubMed.gov

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Updated 6 Jan 2021