Jessica Hoag, MPH

Graduate Student, Community Medicine & Healthcare, UConn Health (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests are in the areas of spatial epidemiology, health equity and social justice in public health research. In fall 2012, I provided statistical assistance on an InCHIP research project, analyzing survey data on gender-based violence in the Mozambique Armed Forces. In addition to co-instructing the Introduction to Public Health course for undergraduates at Storrs, my current research projects are based in the Department of Community Medicine & Healthcare at the UConn Health Center, where I am involved in two projects. The first is an investigation of substate patterns of substance use among adolescents throughout the United States, applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and publicly available datasets to first visualize and subsequently analyze patterns of youth cigarette use across the country. The second project is a quantitative analysis of racial and income-based residential segregation and breast cancer mortality, supported in part by the UConn Human Rights Institute graduate student research grant. I am planning to collaborate with faculty located both at the UConn Health Center and in the Department of Sociology on future projects investigating spatial and social relationships related to disparate breast cancer outcomes among women in Connecticut, which is my anticipated dissertation research topic.


BA. Biology, Anthropology. Colorado College (2008)
MPH. Epidemiology & Biostatistics. University of Illinois at Chicago (2012)
PhD (current student). Public Health. University of Connecticut (2012-present)

Featured Publications

Jessica Hoag. Regional patterns of adolescent substance use in the United States. American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 2-6, 2013. Boston, MA.

Jessica Hoag. Pictograms as a tool to increase patient comprehension of prescription medication. 9th Annual Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference. Yale University. April 21-22, 2012. New Haven, CT.

George E. Hoag, John B. Collins, Jen L. Holcomb, Jessica R. Hoag, Mallikarjuna N. Nadagouda, and Rajender S. Varma. 2009. Degradation of bromothymol blue by ‘greener’ nano-scale zerovalent iron synthesized using tea polyphenols. RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/b909148c.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
Department of Community Medicine & Healthcare
270 Farmington Avenue, MC 6325
Farmington, CT 06030-6325