Andrew Curtis, PhD

Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Population and Cancer Prevention Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Curtis has developed various techniques to collect and analyze data at the scale of intervention. This includes the home, street, block and neighborhood; a scale at which problems are not just identified but can also be tackled through policy and action with expert collaborators. Within this broader agenda, his research follows three interrelated themes: spatial epidemiology, context-driven spatial data collection in challenging environments, and spatial confidentiality. Methodologically, his work usually involves a combination of field geospatial data collection and spatial analysis. 

Previously, he was the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and Public Health housed at Louisiana State University. There he had the opportunity to work on various domestic and international health projects focused on health disparities at the neighborhood scale. He continued this type of local health disparities work at the University of Southern California where his GIS and spatial analytical skills were frequently used to support various area health related organizations, from nonprofit clinics to the Los Angeles County Health Department. He has held different community/public health/academic liaison roles. 

He recently joined the PQHS team after serving as the Co-Director of the GIS Health & Hazards Lab in the Department of Geography at Kent State University. 

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

MPH 426/PQHS 426: An Introduction to GIS for Health & Social Sciences

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Context enriched spatial data collection
  • Fine scale mapping of risk

Professional Memberships

Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency
Portage County Public Health
GIS advisor to Cambodia: Ministry of the Environment & Documentation Center of Cambodia
GIS advisor to Summit County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board
GIS advisor to the American Red Cross Recovery Level 2 Process Team
GIS advisor to Akron Children’s Hospital
GIS advisor to Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Mosquito Control Division
GIS advisor to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program
GIS support for Healthy Start/CityMatch of Baton Rouge
Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health


Publishing impact 

Metrics from Web of Science/publons or Scopus/SciVal: 

  • H-index: 21
  • Total publications: 76
  • Total citations: 856
  • Publications in top-tier journals: 53%
  • Collaborative publishing national/international: 85%/15%

Editorial roles

  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers, editorial board 
  • Cartography and Geographic Information Science, editorial board  
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: The Next Frontier in Health Geography: Context and Implications for Interventions (2018 Special Issue), Guest Co-Editor with J. Curtis


State University of New York at Buffalo
Master of Arts
State University of New York, Buffalo
Oxford University
Bachelor of Arts
Geography and Economics
Portsmouth Polytechnic

Additional Information

Contributions to science:

  • Fine scale spatial health disparities 
  • Spatial confidentiality in health research
  • Context enriched spatial data collection
  • Participatory research methodologies

Active grants:

  • National Science Foundation S12-SSE: GeoVisuals Software: Capturing, Managing, and Utilizing GeoSpatial Multimedia Data for Collaborative Field Research 
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (University of Florida Sub-award) RO1: Cholera Transmission and Evolution in Port-au-Prince, Haiti 
  • National Science Foundation: Support Community-Scale Study by Visual Analytics of Human Mobility and Opinion Data from Social Media Data 

Student and mentee totals, over CWRU career/full academic career:

  • Master’s: 0/7    
  • PhD: 0/9              
  • PhD graduates’ current careers: 
    • University of Florida, Associate Professor of Geography & Emerging Pathogens
    • Ohio Northern University, Assistant Professor of Management & GIS
    • George Gwinnett College, Assistant Professor of Geography
    • University of South Alabama, Assistant Professor of Geography
    • Leiden University College, Netherlands, Assistant Professor of Geography
    • Case Western Reserve University, PQHS, Research Associate

Teaching and Mentoring:

  • Teaching responsibilities at Kent State University included:
    • Course Director: Introduction to Geographic Information Science
    • Course Director:  GIS & Health
    • Course Director: GIS & Global Health
    • Course Director:  Medical Geography
      • Plus 10 other courses