Jacqueline Curtis, PhD

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

Dr. Jacqueline W. Curtis is an expert in Geographic Information Science (GISc) as it relates to the study of environment-health relationships. She has pioneered techniques that improve data collection of the built and social environments, specifically using local knowledge and perception of these spaces. Her current projects focus on the use of geospatial technologies and spatial analysis to improve health service delivery in homeless populations, understand patterns in youth violence and child injury, and develop techniques to identify the role of mobility in environmental exposures.

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

MPH 426/PQHS 426: An Introduction to GIS for Health & Social Sciences
Design and Measurement in Population Health Sciences

Research Information

Research Interests

Spatial epidemiology, mapping local knowledge, environment-health relationships.

Professional Memberships

Association of American Geographers
Cartography and Geographic Information Science Society
American Public Health Association
American Public Health Association Conference, paper reviewer
National Science Foundation, grant reviewer
Health Research Council of New Zealand, grant reviewer
Foresight Global Environmental Migration Project, Government Office for Science, United Kingdom, grant reviewer


Publon's profile

Publishing impact 

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

  • H-index: 11
  • Total publications from CV:  41
  • Total citations: 455  
  • Publications in top-tier journals: 50% 
  • Collaborative publishing national/international: 97%/3% 

Editorial roles:

  • Cartography and Geographic Information Science, editorial board
  • Cartography and Geographic Information Science and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, guest editor
  • Occasional review responsibilities for over 30 journals covering Geographic Information Science (GISc), health, and environment, including American Journal of Public Health, Health and Place, and International Journal of Health Geographics


Louisiana State University

Additional Information

Contributions to science:

  • Development of data collection and spatial analysis methods to identify the processes that create health risks for marginalized populations in their communities
  • Enhancement of geospatial approaches to document and analyze the knowledge and perceptions of these groups so their insights can be examined as valuable and authoritative data on Social Determinants of Health necessary to inform interventions
  • Dissemination approaches for geospatial scientific data in forms that are accessible and relevant to educate the public and decision-makers on risks and assets in their communities

Active grants:

  • Ohio Hospital Association, “Case GIS Health & Hazards Lab (Curtis Lab) Building GeoMEDD Covid-19 Surveillance Infrastructure for Ohio Hospital Association”

  • Cleveland Department of Health, “COVID-19 Public Health Partnership: COVID-19 Response, Strategic Management, and Community Engagement”

  • University Hospitals Health System – UH Ventures, “Covid Syndromic Surveillance”

  • Ohio Department of Higher Education Third Frontier Research Incentive – “Mapping Expert Knowledge to Identify the Geographic Context of Opiate Use”

Student and mentee totals, over Case Western Reserve University career/full academic career:

  • Master’s: 6/19    
  • PhD: 2/6
    • A sampling of graduate students’ current careers:
      • Columbia University, History Department, post-doctoral fellow
      • GIS Technician
      • Cleveland Clinic, Clinician
      • University of Iowa, Geography Department, doctoral student