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Jessica Polos

  • Assistant Professor
  • ​PhD, MPP

  • Public Health
  • Faculty
  • 312-362-6871

  • ​14 E. Jackson Blvd., MPH Suite 710, Room 710E


  • ​PhD in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Predoctoral Trainee in Demography, Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging
  • MPP, University of Chicago
  • BA in Anthropology, BA in International Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Courses Taught

  • MPH 502 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • MPH 541 Biostatistics​

Research Interests

  • ​Health ​Dispariti​​es
  • Social determinants of health (e.g., structural racism)
  • Life Course Health
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health

Selected Publications

  • ​Koning, Stephanie, Jessica Polos, Kiarri Kershaw, and Thomas McDade. 2021. “Racial inequalities in low birth weight among college-educated mothers in the United States: The role of life-course SESD.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
  • Polos, Jessica, Stephanie Koning, and Thomas McDade. 2021. “Do Intersecting Identities Structure Social Contexts to Influence Life Course Health? The Case of School Peer Economic Disadvantage and Obesity.” Social Science & Medicine.
  • Polos, Jessica and Jason Fletcher. 2019. “Caesarean Section and Children’s Health: A Quasi-Experimental Design.” Population Studies.