Jarron M. Saint Onge

Jarron M. Saint Onge
  • Co-Director, Kansas Population Center; Director, KUMC Health Policy and Management Ph.D. Program
  • Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Population Health


Professor Saint Onge's (Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder) research applies advanced quantitative techniques to social epidemiologic phenomena. His research falls in the area of medical sociology and social demography. His principle research focus is on the social determinants of population health and health disparities by race/ethnic and socioeconomic status. He has a continued interest in the role of health lifestyles, health behaviors, neighborhood context, and social stressors in explaining mental and physical health and mortality outcomes.

Jarron M. Saint Onge has a joint-appointment with the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. https://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/academics/departments/population-health.html


Professor Saint Onge is a sociologist and social demographer by training. He has expertise in nationally representative survey data, U.S. Census data, and quantitative data analysis. His research has been focused on understanding how social determinants of health continue to influence health disparities, by sociodemographic characteristics such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or rurality. Specifically, his research has been focused on the relative importance of social and residential context (i.e., neighborhoods factors) on health behaviors, as well as well as implications for distinct health lifestyles and subsequent health and mortality outcomes. He is dedicated to improving the health of marginalized communities.


Social Determinants of Health


Social Problems

Health and Social Behavior

Health Care

Selected Publications

Saint Onge, J., Fagan, M., Befort, C. (2022). The association between the obesogenic environment and 6-month and 24-month weight change in a rural weight loss intervention trial in the United States. Preventive Medicine - Volume 158. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.YPMED.2022.107040.
Agusto, F., Erovenko, I., Fulk, A., Abu-Saymeh, Q., Romero-Alvarez, D., Ponce, J., Sindi, S., Ortega, O., Saint Onge, J., Peterson, A. (2022). To isolate or not to isolate: the impact of changing behavior on COVID-19 transmission. BMC Public Health - Issue 1 | Volume 22. https://doi.org/10.1186/S12889-021-12275-6.
Mollborn, S., Lawrence, E., Saint Onge, J. (2021). Contributions and Challenges in Health Lifestyles Research. Journal of Health and Social Behavior - Issue 3 | Volume 62. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022146521997813.
Saint Onge, J., Brooks, J. (2020). The exchange and use of cultural and social capital among community health workers in the United States. Sociology of Health & Illness - Issue 2 | Volume 43. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13219.