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Frank C. Curriero, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6541
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Spatial Science for Public Health Center (Director)
Masters of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health

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PhD, Kansas State University, 1996
MA, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990
BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1987


Dr. Curriero’s research focus is on the development and application of spatial and spatial-temporal statistical methods in the public health sciences. Much of his current work involves translating methods of spatial science involving spatial data, GIS and spatial statistics for building research capacity in wide ranging public health applications. His efforts have focused on identifying and quantifying spatial variation for improved exposure assessment via geostatistical methods and for models characterizing spatial variation in risk as a function of environmental determinants.

A substantial part of Dr. Curriero’s academic agenda involves education; leading the development of the onsite spatial analysis curriculum at Johns Hopkins (currently includes the four course sequence in spatial analysis) as well as director of the online Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health program.

Honors and Awards

Student Assembly Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA) 2004, 2011, 2019

Recognized for Excellence in teaching, 2011-2019

Best Paper Award for Curriero, FC: On the Use of Non-Euclidean Distance Measures in Geostatistics, Mathematical Geology, 38, 907-926, 2006. International Association for Mathematical Geology, 2007.

  • Biostatistics
  • Spatial statistics
  • environmental statistics
  • geographic information systems
  • geostatistics

Recent representative publications

  • DePriest K, Shields, TM, Curriero FC: Returning to our Roots: The use of Geospatial Data for Nurse-led Community Research, Research in Nursing and Health (in press).
  • Kvit A, Davis B, Jacobs JM, Curriero FC: Adjusted, non-Euclidean Cluster Detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the Chesapeake Bay, Geospatial Health, 2019, 14:783, 211-218.
  • Davis BJK, Curriero FC: Development and Evaluation of Geostatistical Methods for Non-Euclidean-Based Spatial Covariance Matrices, Mathematical Geoscience, 2019: 51(6): 767-791.
  • Berman JD, Jin L, Bell ML, Curriero FC: Developing a Geostatistical Simulation to Inform the Quantity and Placement of New Monitors for a Follow-up Air Sampling Campaign, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 2019: 29, 248–257.
  • Klassen AC, Hsieh S, Pankewicz A, Kabbe A, Hayes J, Curriero FC: The Association of Neighborhood-level Social Class and Tobacco Consumption with Adverse Lung Cancer Characteristics in Maryland, Tobacco Induced Diseases, 2019:17(6): 1-13.