Faculty Profile

Jana L. Hirschtick, PhD, MPH

Jana L. Hirschtick, PhD, MPH

Assistant Research Scientist
  • 2677 SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

I am a Research Investigator in the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. As a social epidemiologist, I am interested in quantifying health inequities and examining how policy and social factors, such as neighborhood environment, discrimination, and poverty, impact these inequities. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, I worked as a social epidemiologist for eight years at a safety net hospital in Chicago focused on community-driven research and health care.

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
BS, Marquette University, 2004

Research interests:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Health inequities
  • Community-driven research
  • Urban health
  • Criminal justice system
  • Mental health
  • Tobacco use
  • COVID-19

The University of Michigan Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, the Center for the Assessment of Tobacco and Health (CAsToR), is one of nine sites in the nation awarded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health to conduct research to directly inform FDA regulation of tobacco products. As a CAsToR Co-Investigator, I am examining inequities in tobacco product use and related health effects, with a particular focus on polytobacco use (the use of multiple tobacco products). I am also a Co-Investigator on the Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Study (MI CReSS), a representative survey of confirmed positive adult COVID-19 cases in Michigan conducted in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Hirschtick JL, Hughes MM, Farrar I, Gutierrez-Kapheim M, Owens L, Johnson TJ, Benjamins MR. A community-driven probability survey of disadvantaged populations in Chicago: Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Forthcoming.

Monnard K, Benjamins MR, Hirschtick JL, Castro M, Roesch PT. Co-creation of knowledge: A community-based approach to multilevel dissemination of health information. Health Promotion Practice. 2019. doi: 10.1177/1524839919865228.

Roesch PT, Velonis AJ, Sant SM, Habermann LE, Hirschtick JL. Implications of interpersonal violence on population mental health status in a low-income urban community-based sample of adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2019. doi:10.1177/0886260519862365.

Hirschtick JL, Homan SM, Rauscher G, Rubin LH, Peterson C, Johnson TP, Persky VW. Persistent and aggressive interactions with the police: potential mental health implications. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. 2019;1-8. doi:10.1017/S2045796019000015.

Hunt BR, Benjamins MR, Khan S, Hirschtick JL. Predictors of food insecurity in selected Chicago Community Areas. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2019;51(3):287-299. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2018.08.005.

Hunt BR, Picard C, Hirschtick JL, Glick N. HIV testing prevalence in selected Chicago community areas: the importance of local-level data. AIDS Care. 2018;30(7):817–820. doi:10.1080/09540121.2018.144708.

Society for Epidemiologic Research
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (University of Michigan)
Rogel Cancer Center (University of Michigan)