Fernando Ona

Fernando Ona

(812) 855-8361

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy 2002
  • M.P.H. 1994
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science 1992
• Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, State of Vermont, Agency of Human Services, Department of Public Health

• Adjunct Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of Vermont

• Senior Health Planner, City and County of San Francisco

• Acting Agriculture Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures, City and County of San Francisco

• Senior Health Educator, San Francisco Department of Public Health

• Consultant, UN/WHO and UNEP

• Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography, San Francisco State University

• Sustainable Farmer and Co-owner of Takkenbos Farms International


Dr. Ona's academic and research interests are in environmental health, social epidemiology and the sociomedical sciences. He applies a systems perspective to the intersection of public health, food and agriculture, social inequities and the environment. Dr. Ona's expertise includes the impacts of food contamination, food safety and sanitation conditions on human health, including the ecological health and social impacts from community food projects. For several years, he has also researched health disparities among socially excluded populations in the United States, Europe and the Philippines using community-based participatory geographic information systems and integrated health/environmental impact assessment methods.