Rebecca Hancock-Howard

PhD (University of Toronto)
MSc (University of Toronto)
BScH (Queen’s University)

Professional Interests

Health economics, health technology assessment, health policy, program evaluation, maternal and child health, economic evaluation methods, outcomes research


I am passionate about using health economic evidence to inform real world decision-making and policy. I apply my academic training in health economics and clinical research to my work, with experience in both the private and public sectors.

I have conducted economic evaluations in a variety of clinical areas and settings, serving governments, local and global pharmaceutical companies, start-ups, device manufacturers, hospitals, and the academic community. Specifically, I have provided expert advice in support of the Government of Ontario’s health policy agenda as a senior health economist at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. I was responsible for costing analyses, budget impact analyses, and program evaluations for new policy initiatives. I helped consider policy through a health economics lens and strove to communicate economic principles clearly to policymakers. As a consultant working in the private sector, I have worked on a range of health economics, technology assessment and market access projects with diverse international teams. As a graduate student I was based at the Hospital for Sick Children, where I supported clinicians in developing evaluations focused on pediatrics. My PhD thesis work used innovative discrete choice methods to value health information services for pregnant women. Valuation of health benefits and outcomes through novel methods remains an interest, as well as maternal and child health.

I co-teach Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research (HAD 5730) with Professor Peter Coyte. Each year we mentor students through the process of conducting a high-quality economic evaluation. I am invigorated by the effort, curiosity and passion our students bring to their work. In 2019, I will be co-teaching with Dr. Brian Chan while Prof. Coyte is on sabbatical. In 2019-2020 I will also co-direct the seminar series for the Canadian Centre for Health Economics.