Uriel Kitron, PhD, MPH
Math and Science Center Rm E511
Atlanta, GA 30322
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.
|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.|
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