Elisabeth Root

Elisabeth Root

Elisabeth Root

Associate Professor, Geography



  • Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Geography, University of Maryland at College Park


Human health and disease, disease ecology, global public health, program evaluation, spatial statistics, GIS

Current Research

My research is situated at the intersection of geography and public health. Using spatial statistical methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), I integrates socioeconomic and environmental context into studies of disease processes and health behaviors. The goals of my research are to: 1) better understand geographical patterns of human health across diverse settings, 2) examine how local and regional context drives these patterns of disease, and 3) model the effect of major health and development interventions across these diverse settings. My main approach involves collecting extensive survey and health data and combining these data with areal demographic/economic indicators and environmental data. I then use spatial statistical methods and GIS to quantify and assess the spatial/contextual factors which alter disease processes and programmatic effects. I currently have active research projects in Honduras, Bangladesh, and the Philippines as well as the U.S.

Dr. Root's seed grant

(2017) Characterizing Communities Vulnerable to Opiod Addiction