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Spatial Science for Public Health Center

Core Faculty

Frank C Curriero

Frank C. Curriero, PhD

Center Director

Dr. Curriero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology with joint appointments in the Departments of Biostatistics and Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  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 health research applications.  A substantial part of Dr. Curriero’s academic agenda involves education; leading the development of the onsite spatial analysis curriculum at Johns Hopkins (including the four course sequence in spatial analysis and the proposed spatial science certificate program) as well as director of the online Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health program.

Carlos Castillo-Salgado

Carlos Castillo-Salgado, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Castillo-Salgado is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology with joint appointments in the Departments of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Medicine of JHU.  Dr. Castillo-Salgado’s research focus is on applying geospatial statistics and GIS in health situation analyses including measuring local health inequalities, urban epidemiological profiles, public health surveillance and health impact assessments. Since 1998 he has pioneered the development of GIS-Epi units in the ministries of health, several schools of public health and schools of geography in Latin America. He directed the development of “SIG-Epi”, the first GIS software with a full-toolbox for Public Health applications.   His current work includes developing innovative real-time public health surveillance systems, applying new equity-focused public health metrics and teaching the Professional Epidemiology Methods Track.  He also teaches the course “Epidemiologic Applications of GIS”. Dr. Castillo-Salgado is the Director of the Global Public Health Observatory and the Director of the Certificate Program of Epidemiology for Health Managers.

ben davis

Ben Davis, PhD

Ben Davis is a Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on spatial-temporal modeling of infectious diseases in the environment and their applications to the U.S. food system. Ben’s current work focuses on developing inference and prediction models of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the Chesapeake Bay and Washington State. This work involves development of Non-Euclidean based geostatistical methods for use in non-convex spatial domains. This work contributes to a larger project whose major aim is to quantify the human risk of infectious strains of these bacteria via the consumption of raw or undercooked shellfish. Ben has been actively involved in teaching Spatial Science courses for undergraduates and graduate students at the University.

Roger Peng

Roger Peng, PhD

Dr. Peng is a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He received a B.S. in applied mathematics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Peng is a prominent researcher in the areas of air pollution and health risk assessment and statistical methods for spatial and temporal data. He has developed novel approaches to integrating complex national databases for assessing population health effects of environmental exposures and has developed software for efficiently distributing data over the Web for disseminating reproducible research. Dr. Peng was one of the lead investigators of the National Morbidity, Mortality, and Air Pollution Study (NMMAPS), which was the first national-level study of the acute health effects of ambient air pollution. In addition to his work in outdoor air pollution, Dr. Peng has also developed causal inference and mediation methods for indoor air pollution studies. Dr. Peng is the recipient of the 2016 Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association, which honors a statistician who has made outstanding contributions to health statistics. He currently serves on the Health Review Committee for the Health Effects Institute and is an Associate Editor for the journal Biostatistics.

Timothy M. Shields

Timothy M. Shields, MA

Timothy Shields is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology. Mr. Shields’ expertise is in incorporating geographic information systems (GIS) with public health applications. A primary focus of his work is on data management and environmental surveillance with respect to modeling of risk and spatial distributions of disease. Mr. Shields has also developed and currently teaches two courses of a four course Spatial Analysis sequence, ArcGIS for Public Health Applications and Emerging Spatial Data Technologies.