Uriel Kitron, PhD, MPH

Uriel Kitron, PhD, MPH

Contact Information:
Emory University
Math and Science Center Rm E511
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: 404-727-4253

Title Position: Goodrich C. White Professor of Environmental Sciences and Department Chair of Environmental Sciences  

Department: Environmental Health | Epidemiology

Past Work in Hispanic/Latino Health:

U.S.: In the 1980's, Dr. Kitron worked on a project with the Migrant Farm Workers and pesticide exposure in Mexico, Ohio, and Michigan. Dr. Kitron was affiliated with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and Union Farm Workers (UFW) as well.

Latin America: Since the mid 1990's, Dr. Kitron worked in remote rural areas on neglected tropical diseases such as

  • Malaria in Venezuela and Trinidad
  • Dengue in Iquitos, Peru and Salvador, Brazil
  • Chagas disease in Argentina.

Dr. Kitron conducts fieldwork on the ecology of vectors and transmission dynamics. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, CDC and the Brazilian Science without Borders Program.

Current Work in Hispanic/Latino Health:  

Projects: Dr. Kitron's collaborates on research projects funded by NIH and CSF in Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Ecuador dengue, malaria and leprosy and Chagas disease. He also conducts workshops on  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analyssi. In the future, although Dr. Kitron does not exclusively plan to work with the United States Latino population, his interests in migration and infectious diseases are particularly relevant to these populations. 

Opportunities for Students:

Dr. Kitron mentors students ranging from undergraduates to MPH and doctoral students on a variety of project on infectious diseases, and provides opportunities for field experience though his local West Nile virus study and his international projects. He has been mentoring Brazilian PhD students both in Brazil and the US, and collaborating on their research projects through the  Science without Borders program. In Argentina Dr. Kitron has mentored undergraduate, graduate, and masters students involved with a long-term Chagas disease study. He has mentored several PhD and Master's level Latino students in the U.S.  

Relevant Courses:

Course Title:Course Offered:Description
EH 583 | ENVS 483: Spatial Analysis in Disease Ecology Spring The data used in this course are relevant to Latino health as they were collected from the dengue and Chagas disease studies, and the data were used to explore patterns of health and disease in place and time. The course focuses on understanding the application of geospatial technologies & methods for epidemiology-analysis of time-space relations, along with clusters and diffusion of disease, geographical epidemiology of selected infectious and noninfectious diseases.

Partner Organizations:

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Latin America

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Brazil

Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Brazil

Universidade Federal da Para (UFPA) in Belem, Brazil

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

University of Buenos Aires in Argentina

Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana (UNAP) in Iquitos, Peru

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador