Elisabeth Root

Ohio State University


Elisabeth Root (PhD, Geography, UNC Chapel Hill) is an assistant professor in the Geography Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Root's research explores geographical patterns of health and disease using quantitative spatial methodologies to understand the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of human health. Her work relies on spatial statistical analysis, geographic information systems, and remote sensing to explore the dynamic human-environment interactions that affect disease processes. Dr. Root's current research explores the ecological factors that modify the outcomes of respiratory illnesses and vaccines in children (e.g., access to care, socioeconomic status, herd immunity). She also studies how place-specific factors affect development programs related to health (e.g., maternal/child health, family planning, and health service provision). Her work has appeared in journals such as PNAS, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Health & Place.