Imelda K Moise

Associate Professor

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Trained as a health geographer, Dr Moise's overarching program of research focuses on families and communities at risk. Her methodological expertise lies in utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods, often employing mixed methods study designs including geospatial analysis to examine the sociocultural and contextual factors associated with health inequities. She is a recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Scholarly and Creative Recognition Award, the American Evaluation Association fellowship focusing on culturally responsive evaluation theory and practice, and has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster. She currently serves as a member of the Master of Public Health Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois Springfield, the Vector Control Workgroup of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and is an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE.

She has completed work as the Principal Investigator of a RWJF New Connections award, “Examining age, racial and gender differences in the causes and contexts of alcohol-related trauma hospitalizations among adolescents and young adults (aged 10-24) in Illinois.” Her ongoing funded research projects include a National Geographic project titled “Land use, microclimate & water quality nexus: implications for human health in the Rokel-Seli River Basin, Sierra Leone,” the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases and the University of Miami’s Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge Interdisciplinary Research focused on “Leveraging untapped opportunities in place and time: a community-based child well-being collaborative to address early learning gaps.”  

Her collateral research endeavors include substance use, ecological dimensions of mosquito-borne diseases, health effects of natural disasters, geographic targeting and health care accessprogram evaluation and developing decision support tools. She has co-edited a book titled "Public Health, Disease and Development in Africa(Geographies of Health SeriesRoutledge, 2018).


Dr. Moise is committed to geographic and public health research, teaching, and practice, and how they inform one another. She engages in scholarship of teaching and learning research to determine how to best prepare the next generation of geographers, environmentalists and global health professionals.

  • GEG 335: Sustainable Food Systems
  • GEG 346: Immigrant & Refugee Health
  • GEG 412: GIS for Health & Environment
  • GEG 612: Health Applications of GIS
To learn more about Dr. Moise's research interests and student mentoring opportunities, visit her lab website (GaIL):


2012Ph.D. Geography (Health Geography Specialty),, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2015MPH. Public Health,, University of Illinois at Springfield
2007M.Sc. Geography (Health Geography Specialty),, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2005B.A. Geography/Environmental Studies (double major),, University of Oregon

Research Projects

Strengthening the Miami-Dade Early Learning Partnership: IDEAS for Children

This project will strengthen a research-practitioner partnership focused on increasing access to high-quality early learning programs, and successful transition to kindergarten, for all children. Proposed research will support the long-term sustainability and timely use of shared data to influence policy and practice for education partners. The project proposes a set of activities to expand research capacity, sustainability, and outreach/communication with stakeholders to enable effective use of data to address policy relevant questions. 

Funder: Spencer Foundation

Ideas to Action: A Learning Network to Map Early Childhood Resilience and Drive Equity Early Childhood Community Research Demonstration Projects

Through a strengths-based, whole child framework the project will: (1) develop and implement a population-based measure that can be mapped geographically to study school readiness and community factors that contribute to resilience over time in targeted community areas, and across Miami-Dade County. We will also assess the impact of COVID-19 on these outcomes pre- and post-pandemic; and (2) implement a data-to-action process that enables communities and schools to access and utilize data for decision-making (e.g., develop plans that lead to implementation of promising strategies), and guide policies to improve children’s school readiness.

Funder: The Children's Trust

A Community-based Rodent Surveillance Collaborative for Greater Public Health

The broad and long term goal of the Collaborative is to foster interagency and cross-sector rodent data sharing including cross-sector dialogue between rodent data producers, custodians and users initially, in Dallas, Houston and New Orleans and then across partner cities in the United States so that a platform for consolidated data is created, and preparedness and responses to public health threats caused by rodents and the pathogens they transmit are improved and accelerated.

Funder: CDC, Grant #: 1 NUE1EH001421-01-00

Neighborhood Greenness and Cardiometabolic Health among Hispanics in the HCHS/SOL Study

The proposed study assesses prospectively and longitudinally the impact of cumulative greenness exposure on MetS indicators in two areas of the U.S. with significant Hispanic/Latino populations. 

Funder: NIH, Grant #: R01 HL148880 

Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease: The Gateway Program

The goal of the CDC-supported Gateway-CoE Consortium (Universities of Florida, Florida International University, Miami, and South Florida) is to conduct research and training on vector-borne disease threats to southeastern U.S. (e.g., Zika, Dengue, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile) and develop surveillance-response packages and decision-making tools for public health professionals.

Funder: CDC, Grant #: U01CK000510-01


Massod Z, Moise IK, Spika V, and Ramaprasad R. "Health interventions implemented in post-disaster South Asia: A scoping review" 10241963 (International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 2021). [Link]

Moise IK and Alex R. Piquero "Geographic disparities in violent crime during the COVID-19 lockdown, Miami-Dade County, Florida: 2018 and 2020" (Journal of Experimental Criminology. 2021). [Link]

Moise IK, Ortiz-Whittingham LR, Omachonu V, Clark M, Xue RD "Fighting mosquito bite during a crisis: capabilities of Florida mosquito control districts during the COVID-19 pandemic" 68721 (BMC Public Health. 2021). [Link]

Imelda K. Moise "Variation in Risk of COVID-19 Infection and Predictors of Social Determinants of Health in Miami–Dade County, Florida" 17 (Preventing Chronic Disease. 2020). [Link]

Imelda K. Moise "Youth and Weapons: Patterns, individual and neighborhood correlates of violent crime arrests in Miami-Dade County, Florida" 10240765 (Health & Place. 2020). [Link]

Rojas D, Feaster D, Balise R, Moise IK, de Melo AF, Saavedra J and Szapocznik J "The association between the social determinants of health and HIV control in Miami-Dade County ZIP codes, 2017" doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00838-z (Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2020). [Link]

Moise IK., Zulu CL and Beier JC "A survey of program capacity and skills of Florida mosquito control districts" (Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. In print).

Sallam M., Ahmed T., Sylvain-Lear C., Riegel C and Moise IK "Spatial Distribution of Illegal Discarded Vehicle Tires and Their Influence on Ae. albopictus and Cx. quinquefasciatus Populations, New Orleans, Louisiana" (bioRXiv. 2020). [Link]

Imelda K. Moise "Geographic gender differences in traumatic unintentional injury hospitalization and youth drinking" 107701205(1) (Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2019). [Link]

Moise IK., de Joya E., *O. Silva., Moise V., Farmer DB and Orantia A "Patient-level factors are more salient than a legislation prohibiting minors in bars in predicting unintentional injury hospitalizations" 19 (1010) (BMC Public Health. 2019). [Link]

Imelda K. Moise "Alcohol use, pregnancy and risk factors: a pilot cross-sectional study of pregnant women attending antenatal care in an urban city" 19 (472) (BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2019). [Link]

Moise IK., Kangmennaang J., Hikabisa H., Grigsby-Toussaint DS and Fuller DO "Increase in obesity among women of reproductive age in Zambia, 2002-2014" 1679-168728 (12) (Journal of Women's Health. 2019). [Link]

Moise IK, de Joya E, Silva VO, Moise V, Farmer DB and Orantia A "Patient-level factors are more salient than a legislation prohibiting minors in bars in predicting unintentional injury hospitalizations among 10-24 year-olds " 1-1019 (1010) (BMC Public Health. 2019). [Link]

Dougherty L, Abdulkarim M, Mikailu F, Tijjani U, Owolabi K, Naiya A, Abdullahi A, Hadiza and Moise IK "Enhancing routine immunization paper maps through digital maps: Insights from the maternal and child survival program in Nigeria" doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2019-0016064/e001606 (BMJ Global Health. 2019). [Link]

Moise IK., de Joya E., Caplan B., Rodriguez VJ., Butts S., Chisembele M., Weiss SM., Jones DL and Alcaide ML. "Adolescent and young adult couples’ views of intravaginal practices: a focus group analysis." 49-5611 (International Journal of Women’s Health. 2019). [Link]

Rund SSC., Moise IK., Beier JC and Martinez ME. "Rescuing troves of hidden ecological data to tackle emerging mosquito-borne diseases." 75-8335 (Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association . 2019). [Link]

Moise IK., Kangmennaang J., Hutchings TCSG., Sheskin IM and Fuller DO. "Perceptions of Zika virus risk during 2016 outbreak, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA." 1379-138124 (7) (Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2018). [Link]

Moise IK. "Causes of morbidity and mortality among neonates and children in post-conflict Burundi: A cross-sectional retrospective study." 125. DOI: 10.3390/children5090125.5 (125) (Children. 2018). [Link]

Moise IK., Riegel C., and Muturi EJ. "Environmental and social factors influencing Cx. quinquefasciatus densities in post-Katrina New Orleans, 2006-2009." 11 (249) (Parasites & Vectors. 2018). [Link]

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Join us in fighting childhood obesity.

Illinois Public Media, C-U Fit Families

February 20, 2010

Geographic assessment of unattended swimming pools in post-Katrina New Orleans, 2006–2008

Featured in a virtual special issue titled Hurricane Katrina: A Geographical Perspective

September 15, 2015