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Jana A. Hirsch, MES PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Urban Health Collaborative, Dornsife School of Public Health



3600 Market Street, Rm 706

Dr. Hirsch is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work aims to understand the way neighborhoods shape health behavior and disparities.  She has primarily worked at the intersections of urban planning, geography, and epidemiology with a focus on built environments and physical activity among adults and older adults. In particular, she has examined the way walkable communities can increase walking for transportation or reduce normal declines in mobility with age. Her current work includes longitudinal examinations of the way neighborhoods change and the subsequent impact that this change has on health. Personally, she is an eager, active walker and a people-focused “urbanophile.”

PhD, University of Michigan
MES, University of Pennsylvania
BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Health Disparities
  • Mental Health and Behavioral Health
  • Spatial Analysis or GIS
  • Urban Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Active Aging and Age-Friendly Neighborhoods