Clyde Hertzman completed training in Community Medicine and epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and has been on faculty at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology since 1985. Nationally, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced

Research and holds a Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Human Development. Internationally, he has played a central role in developing a conceptual framework for the "determinants of health", that places early childhood development at the centre. He is currently directing 'HELP', the Human Early Learning Partnership of British Columbia.

HELP is an interdisciplinary network of researchers from BC's universities who study early child development 'from cell to society'. The World Health Organization has designated HELP as the global Knowledge Hub for Early Child Development under the auspices of its International Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. Through the Commission, HELP is promoting the global importance of early social and emotional development.