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Zan Dodson, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Public Health Dynamics Lab


A716 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: mzq0@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-6736

Personal Statement

My research operates at the interface of humans and the environment. As a geographer, I am particularly interested in the spatial mechanisms that drive chronic and infectious disease, with a particular interest in optimizing access to health care and resources to improve individual and social well-being. The underlying spatial theory allows for a closer examination of the coupled environment-health relationship applied to a variety of public health issues. Specifically, my research ranges from fusing satellite imagery with mosquito surveillance and health data to better predict Aedes aegypti habitats for targeted vector control, to spatially modeling the current opioid epidemic, whereby we are integrating social media data with data on drug-related crimes and overdose deaths, as well as access to Naloxone, to optimize access to treatment and health care.


2015 | University of Maryland, College Park, MD  |  PhD      
2010 | University of Maryland, College Park, MD  |  BS


Dodson, Z.M., Agadjanian, V., & Driessen, J. (2017). How to allocate
limited healthcare resources: Lessons from the introduction of
antiretroviral therapy in rural Mozambique. Applied Geography, 78,
Dodson, Z. M., Dempewolf, J., & Silva, J. A. (2016). Does prolonged
illness contribute to adaptive land use practices among subsistence
agricultural households in rural Mozambique?. Applied Geography, 67,
Jiang, B., Liang, S., Townshend, J.R., & Dodson, Z.M. (2013).
Assessment of the radiometric performance of Chinese HJ-1 satellite CCD instruments. International Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 6(2), 840-850.

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