Fernando Ona


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department of Anthropology
Department of Community Health
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.0362
Fax: 617.636.4017
Email: fernando.ona@tufts.edu


PhD, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco
MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
MSW, Boston University School of Social Work
MDiv (cand.), Boston University, School of Theology

Teaching Area(s):

Public Health Methods, Qualitative Methods, Refugees and Immigrants, Trauma and Mental Health

Research Interest(s):

  • Trauma: Survivors of Torture, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue, Narrative Medicine 
  • Environmental Health: Slum/Informal Settlements Health, Solid Waste Management, Food Safety and Sanitation, Global Disaster Management/Humanitarian Aid, Pesticide Exposure, Political Ecology, Environmental Health Social Movements
  • Epidemiology: Environmental Epidemiology, Spatial Epidemiology (CI/PPGIS)
  • Sociomedical Sciences: Embodiment, Social Exclusion/Inclusion, Institutions, Adultification, Mental Health, Resilience and Risk, Human Ecology, Systems Theory


Sheats, J.L., de Leon, B., Ona, F. F. (2014) Where are the fresh fruits and vegetables?: A systematic exploration of access to food stores offering fresh fruits and vegetables as told by Mid-western African American women. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.

Sheats, J. L., Middlestadt, S. E., Ona, F. F., Juarez, P. D., & Kolbe, L. J. (2013). Understanding African American Women's Decisions to Buy and Eat Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: An Application of the Reasoned Action Approach. Journal of nutrition education and behavior.