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Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Community Health SciencesFull Time
Contact Information

Office: 41-257 CHS

Areas of Interest: 

Demography of health and aging, with particular focus on Latin American countries; Biodemographic patterns of health in adult populations; and Development and application of demographic methods to investigate health inequalities using macro and micro data.

Dr. Beltrán-Sánchez’s research focuses on the demography of health and aging. He has written on health patterns and trends in low- and middle-income countries; on aging in high-income countries including issues about compression of morbidity; on the links between early life experiences and late life outcomes; as well as on biomarker data from Mexico to study physiological patterns of health and their link with sociodemographic factors. He co-founded the Latin American Mortality Database, the largest data repository of mortality from 19 countries in Latin America (including data from around 1850).  He has collaborated with researchers and institutions in México, Brazil, Germany, and Sweden.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 2015, Dr. Beltrán-Sánchez was Research Associate at the Center for Demography of Health & Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a David E. Bell Fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University from 2011 to 2013 and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California from 2009-2011.

Beltrán-Sánchez’s publications have appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Health Affairs; the American Journal of Public Health; the Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; Demography; Salud Pública de México; the Journals of Gerontology (both, Social and Medical sciences); the Journal of Aging and Health; Theoretical Population Biology; among others.

PhD, Demography, University of Pennsylvania
MA, Demography, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Mathematics, Northern Arizona University
BS, Actuarial Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
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Selected Publications: 


Beltrán-Sánchez, H. and Riosmena, F. Socioeconomic inequalities in the risk of chronic disease between Mexicans residing in the U.S. and their U.S counterparts.2017 Migration and Health Series Report, National Population Council of Mexico (CONAPO) and University of California.

Palloni, A., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Pinto, G. Uncertainty of Mortality Estimates and Hypotheses Testing: The Case of Latin America and Caribbean: 1850-2010. Poblacion-CEPAL XLIV(104): 13-32.

Cao, B., Bray, F., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Ginsburg, O., Soneji, S., Soerjomataram, I. Benchmarking life expectancy and cancer mortality: a global comparison with cardiovascular disease 1980-2010. BMJ 357:j2765. 

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Pebley, A. and Goldman, N. Links between Primary Occupation and Functional Limitations among Older Adults in Mexico. Social Science & Medicine: Population Health (accepted for publication).

Palloni, A., and Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Discrete Barker Frailty and Warped Mortality Dynamics at Older Ages. Demography, 54(2):665-671.



Beltrán-Sánchez, H.Andrade, F.C.  Time trends in adult chronic disease inequalities by education in Brazil: 1998-2013. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15: 139.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Palloni, A., Riosmena, F. and Wong, R. SES Gradients among Mexicans in the US and in Mexico: A new Twist to the Hispanic Paradox? Demography, 53(5): 1555–1581.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Jimenez, M. and Subramanian S.V. Assessing Morbidity Compression in two cohorts from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (published online first).

Walter, S., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Regidor, E.,  Gomez-Martin, C., del Barrio, J.L.,  Gil de Miguel, A., Subramanian S.V., Prieto, R.G. No Evidence of Morbidity Compression in Spain – A Time Series Study Based on National Hospitalization Records. International Journal of Public Health, 61(7): 729–738.

Aburto, J.M., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., García-Guerrero, V.M, Canudas-Romo, V. Homicides in Mexico Reversed Life Expectancy gains for Men and Slowed them for Women, 2000-10. Health Affairs, 35(1): 88-95. January 2016.

Suemoto, C.K., Ueda, P., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Lebrao, M.L., Duarte, Y.A., Wong, R, Danaei, G., Development and Validation of a 10-year Mortality Prediction Model: Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data from Five Cohorts of Older Adults in Developed and Developing Countries. Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences (published online first).

Squires, A., Uyei, J., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Jones, J. Examining the Influence of Country Level and Health System Factors on Nursing and Physician Personnel Production. Human Resources for Health, 14: 48.

Canudas-Romo, V., Aburto, J.M., García-Guerrero, V.M, and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Mexico’s Epidemic of Violence and its Public Health Significance on Average Length of Life. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (published online first).



Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Finch, C.E. and Crimmins, E.M. The 20th Century Surge of Excess Adult Male Mortality. Proc Natl Academy of Sciences, 112(29): 8993-8998. July 2015.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Andrade, F.C., and Riosmena, F. Contributions of Socioeconomic Factors and Health Care Access on the Awareness and Treatment of Diabetes and Hypertension among Older Mexican Adults. Salud Publica de Mexico, 57(suppl.1): S6-S1. June 2015.

Fernandez, O.E. and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. The Entropy of the Life Table: A Reappraisal. Theoretical Population Biology, 104(2015): 26-45. September 2015.

Palloni, A., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Novak, B., Pinto, G., Wong, R. Adult Obesity, Disease and Longevity in Mexico. Salud Publica de Mexico, 57(suppl.1): S22-S30. June 2015.

Pinto, G., Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Prospective Study of Overweight/Obesity and Diabetes Incidence among Mexican Older Adults: MHAS 2001-2012. Salud Publica de Mexico, 57(suppl.1): S15-S21. June 2015.

Ailshire, J., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Crimmins, E.M. Becoming  Centenarians: Disease and Functioning Trajectories of Older U.S. Adults as They Survive to  100. Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, 70(2):193-201. February 2015.



Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Razak, F., Subramanian, S.V. Going Beyond the Disability-based Morbidity Definition in the Compression of Morbidity Framework. Global Health Action, 7: 24766. DOI: 10.3402/gha.v7.24766. September 2014.

Sole-Auro, A., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Crimmins, E.M. Are Differences in Disability-free Life Expectancy by Gender, Race and Education Widening at Older Ages? Population Research and Policy Review, 34(1):1-8. June 2014.

Chiavegatto-Filho, A.D.P., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Kawachi, I. Racial Disparities in Life Expectancy in Brazil: Challenges from a Multiracial Society. American Journal of Public Health, 104(11): 2156-2162. PMID: 24432884. November 2014.

Finch, C.E., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Crimmins, E.M. Uneven Futures of Human Lifespans: Reckonings from Gompertz Mortality Rates, Climate Change, and Air Pollution. Gerontology, 60(2): 183-188. PMID: 24401556. February 2014.

Elo, I.T., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Macinko, J. The Contribution of Cause-specific Mortality Amenable  to  Healthcare  and  other  Interventions to  Black-White  Disparities in Life Expectancy, 1980-2007. Population Research and Policy Review, 33(1): 97-126. PMID: 24554793. February 2014.

Soneji, S., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Sox, H. Assessing Progress in Reducing the Burden of Cancer Mortality, 1985-2005. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(5): 444-448. PMID: 24419122. February 2014.



Beltrán-Sánchez, H., and Crimmins, E.M. Biological Risk in the Mexican Population at the Turn of the 21st Century. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 28(3): 299-316. PMID: 3770809. June 2013.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Duncan, T., Teruel, G., Wheaton, F. and Crimmins,  E.M. Links between Socio-Economic Circumstances  and  Changes  in  Smoking  Behavior  in the Mexican Population: 2002-2010. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 28(3):  339-358.  PMID: 3777536. July 2013.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H. and Andrade, F.C. Educational and Sex Differentials on Life Expectancies and Disability-Free Life Expectancies in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Urban Areas in Mexico. Journal of Aging and Health, 25(5): 815-838. PMID: 23781016. August 2013.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Harhay, M.O., Harhay, M.M., McElligott, S. Prevalence and Trends of the Metabolic Syndrome in the Adult US Population, 1999-2010. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 62(8): 697-703. PMID: 23810877. August 2013.

Squires, A., and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Health Systems Strengthening, Migration, and Development: A Comparative Case Study of Five Countries in the Americas. Migration Policy Institute. February 2013.



Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Crimmins, E.M, and Finch, C.E. Early Cohort Mortality Predicts the Cohort Rate of Aging: an Historical Analysis. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 3(5): 380-386. PMID: 23626899. October 2012.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H. and Ailshire J.A. The Persistent Socioeconomic Differences in Health and Survival: Are we Closing the Gap? Contingencies, 24(1):30-34. American Academy of Actuaries, available at



Beltrán-Sánchez, H. and Soneji, S. A Unifying Framework for Assessing Changes in Life Expectancy Associated with Changes in Mortality: The Case of Violent Deaths. Theoretical Population Biology, 80(1): 38-48. PMID: 21609727. August 2011.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Crimmins, E.M, Duncan, T., and Teruel, G. Links between Childhood and Adult Social Circumstances and Obesity and Hypertension in the Mexican Population. Journal of Aging and Health, 23(7): 1141-1165. PMID: 21948773. October 2011.

Crimmins, E.M. and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Mortality and Morbidity Trends: Is There Compression of Morbidity? Journal of Gerontology Psychological and Social Sciences, 66B(1): 75-86. PMID: 21135070. 2011.

Squires, A. and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Exploring the Links Between Macro-Level Con- textual Factors and Their Influence on Nursing Workforce Composition. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 2(4): 215-223. PMID: 22513839. November 2011.

Ailshire, J.A., Beltrán-Sánchez, H. and Crimmins, E.M. Social Characteristics and Health Status of Exceptionally Long-Lived Americans in the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(12): 2241-2248. PMID: 22188072. December 2011.



Squires, A. and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Predicting Nursing Human Resources: An Exploratory Study. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 10(2): 101-109. PMID: 19628510. May 2009.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Preston, S.H. and Canudas-Romo, V. An Integrated Approach to Cause-of-Death Analysis: Cause-Deleted Life Tables and Decompositions of Life Expectancy. Demographic Research, 19(35): 1323-1350. PMID: 20165568. July 2008.


Book Chapters:

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Soneji, S. and Crimmins, E.M. Past, Present and Future of Healthy Life Expectancy. In Olshansky, J.S., Martin, G.M., and Kirkland, L., editors, The Longevity Dividend. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. 2015.

Palloni, A. and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Demographic Consequences of Barker Frailty. In Schoen, R. editor, Dynamic Demographic Analysis. Springer. 2015.

Crimmins, E.M., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Brown, L., and Yon, Y. Aging in North America: Canada and the US. In Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine; Section 1; Aging and Population Policy: Demographic Perspectives. Oxford University Press. 2015.

Preston, S.H. and Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Limits to Human Longevity. In Scott, B., and Kosslyn, S. editors, Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Wiley 2015.

Crimmins, E., Wheaton, F., Vasunilashorn, S., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Zhang, L., and Kim, J.K. A Global Perspective on Physiological Change with Age. In McDonald S.A. and Zimmer Z, editors, Global Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Implications. Ashgate Publishing Ltd: England. Ch. 5, pp. 79-103. 2013.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H. Avoidable Mortality: A review. In Rogers R. R. and Crimmins E.M., editors, International Handbook of Adult Mortality. Dordrecht: Springer. Ch. 23, pp. 491-508. 2011.