School of Public Health
SangNam Ahn
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SangNam Ahn, Ph.D., M.P.S.A
Assistant Professor
Contact information:
Phone: 901-678-5688
Robison Hall 133
Curriculum Vitae


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Program on Healthy Aging, Texas A &M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health
  • Ph.D., Health Services Research, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health
  • M.P.S.A., Public Service and Administration, Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • B.A., English, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea

Research Interests:

  • Obesity and lifestyle risk factors
  • Aging and long-term care policy
  • Community gardening
  • Health promotion
  • Chronic disease self-management
  • Healthcare savings through evidence-based programs
  • Doctor-patient interactions
  • Food insecurity
  • Global health

Recent Publications:

  • Ahn, S., Smith, M.L., Hendricks, M., & Ory, M.G. (2014). Associations of Food Insecurity with Lifestyle Behaviors and Body Mass Index among Baby Boomers and Older Adults.  Food Security (In Press).
  • Ahn, S., Jiang, L., Smith, M.L., & Ory, M.G. (2014). Improvements in Sleep Problems among Chronic Disease Self-Management Program participants. Family and Community Health, (In Press).
  • Smith, M.L., Smith, H.A., Wilson, K.L., Ahn, S., Pulczinski, J.C., & Ory, M.G. (2014).  Obesity and Perceived Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea-related Conditions. Family and Community Health, (In Press).
  • Ory, M.G., Ahn, S., Smith, M.L., Jiang, L., Lorig, K., Whitelaw, N. (2014).  National Study of Chronic Disease Self-Management: Age Comparison of Outcome Findings.  Health Education and Behavior, (In Press).
  • Ahn, S., Basu, R., Smith, M.L., Jiang, J., Lorig, K., Whitelaw, N., & Ory, M. G. (2013). The Impact of Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs: Healthcare Savings through a Community-based Intervention. BMC Public Health. 2013;13(1):1141.
  • Ahn, S., Smith, M. L., Cho, J., Bailey, J., & Ory, M. G. (2013). Hypertension Awareness and Associated Factors among Older Chinese Adults. Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion. 2013;1(67).
  • Ory, M. G., Ahn, S., Jiang L., Smith, M. L., Ritter, P., Whitelaw, N., & Lorig, K. (2013). Successes of a National Study of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Meeting the Triple Aim of Health Care Reform. Medical Care, 51(11), 992-998.
  • Ahn, S., Zhao, H., Tai-Seale, M., Huber, C., Smith, M. L., Ory, M. G., & Phillips C. D. (2012). The Longitudinal Effects of Health, Behavioral, Demographic, and Social Factors on Body Mass Index among Older Chinese Adults. International Journal of Public Health, 57: 269-277.
  • Ahn, S., Hochhalter, A., Moudouni, D., Smith, M. L., & Ory, M. G. (2012). Self-reported physical and mental health of older adults: the roles of caregiving and resources. Maturitas, 71, 62-69.
  • Ahn, S. & Ashida, S. (2012). Music Therapy for Dementia. Maturitas, 71, 6-7.
  • Ahn S., Smith M. L., Dickerson J. B., Ory M. G. (2012). Health and Healthcare Utilization Correlates among Middle-Aged Baby Boomers and Older Adults: Factors Associated with Obesity and Diabetes. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(2), 123-132.
  • Ahn, S., Smith, M. L., & Ory, M. G. (2012). Physicians' Discussions about Body Weight, Healthy Diet, and Physical Activity with Overweight or Obese Older Patients. Journal of Aging & Health, 24(7), 1179-1202.
  • Ahn, S., Sharkey, J. R., Smith, M. L., Ory, M. G., & Phillips, C. D. (2011). Variations in Body Mass Index among Older Americans: The Roles of Social and Lifestyle Factors. Journal of Aging & Health, 23(2), 347-366.
  • Ahn, S., Zhao, H., Smith, M. L., Ory, M. G., & Phillips, C. D. (2011). BMI and Lifestyle Changes as Correlates to Changes in Self-Reported Diagnosis of Hypertension among Older Chinese Adults. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, 5(1), 21-30.
  • Ahn, S., Burdine, J. N., Smith, L. M., Ory, M. G., & Phillips, C. D. (2011).Residential Rurality and Oral Health Disparities: Influences of Contextual and Individual Factors. Journal of Primary Prevention, 32(1), 29-41.
  • Ahn, S., Phillips, K., Smith, M. L., & Ory, M. G. (2011). Correlates of volunteering among aging Texans: The roles of health indicators, spirituality, and social engagement. Maturitas, 69, 257-262.
  • Ahn, S., M. Tai-Seale, C. Huber, Smith, M. L., & Ory, M. G. (2011). Psychotropic Medication Discussions in Older Adults' Primary Care Office Visits: So Much To Do, So Little Time. Aging & Mental Health, 15(5), 618-629.
  • Ahn, S., Huber Jr., C., Smith, M. L., Ory, M. G., & Phillips, C. D. (2011). Predictors of Body Mass Index among Low-Income Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22, 1190-1204.
  • Smith, M. L., Ory, M. G., Ahn, S., Bazzarre, T. L., & Resnick, B. (2011). Older Adults’ Participation in a Community-Based Falls Prevention Exercise Program: Relationships Between the EASY Tool, Program Attendance, and Health Outcomes. The Gerontologist, 51(6), 809-821.

Grants Awarded:

  • Subcontract P.I. “Congregational Care Transitions Project.” Church Health Center. $13,278 Total project costs (2013-2014).
  • Subcontract P.I. (M.G. Ory, P.I.). “Chronic Disease Self-management Program” Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. $25,000 Total project costs (2013-2014).

Pending Grants:

  • Co-Investigator. (F. Renee, P.I.). “Project Better Care.” Health Care Innovations Awards Round Two. $150,000 total costs (2014-2016).
  • Consultant. (M.G. Ory, P.I.).  "Planning Project for Y-USA's Healthy Aging Initiative:  Advice from the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN)."  (2014-2015).

Completed Research Support:

  • Subcontract P.I. “Church Health Center’s Diabetic Obesity Weight Loss Pilot Program – Healthy Living.” BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. $7,030 Total project costs (2012-2013).
  • Subcontract P.I. (M.G. Ory, P.I.). “Chronic Disease Self-management Program” Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. $25,000 Total project costs (2013).
  • Co-Investigator (K. Ward, P.I.). “Developing a Tailored Clinical Decision Support System for Pediatric Obesity Screening and Treatment.” FedEx Institute Technology Grant. $8,498 Total project (2012-2013).
  • Subcontract P.I. (M.G. Ory, P.I.). “Communities Putting Prevention to Work; Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.” National Council on Aging. $23,597 total project costs (2011-2012).

Courses Taught:

  • HADM 7105: Health Policy and the Organization of Health Services
  • HADM 6101: Health Systems
  • PUBH 7505: Aging, Public Health, and Health Services


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