Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Geography
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Paul L. Delamater is interested in the geographic aspects of health outcomes and behaviors, as well as health care access and utilization. He uses methods that employ geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to better understand population health issues. His recent research has focused on understanding childhood vaccination, herd immunity, and vaccine-preventable diseases in the US.
Dr. Paul Delamater holds a BS in Geography from Central Michigan University, an MA in Geography from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Geography (with an emphasis in Health and Medical Geography) from Michigan State University. Dr. Delamater was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University before joining UNC in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
Dr. Delamater has particular interest in research and teaching relating to spatial components of health care access and utilization as well as disease modeling. He uses methods that employ geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical/spatial analysis to better understand population health issues. His recent research has focused on understanding childhood vaccination, herd immunity, and vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. Another active area of Dr. Delamater's research centers on access to health care services, with a focus on integrating evidence-based approaches in health care planning and regulation activities. He also has interests in the development of geographic-based methods and techniques to address data limitations and for support evidence-based decision-making. For nearly a decade, he has provided scientific support to Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan's Certificate of Need Commission during modifications of the state's policies governing access to and the availability of health care services. Dr. Delamater teaches courses in health and medical geography, the geography of health care services, public health applications of GIS, and geographic information and spatial data science.