Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5379 USA
- Ph.D., Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan, 1997
- M.P.H., Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan, 1993
- A.B., Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, 1991
Dr. Amy B. Curtis, professor of interdisciplinary health sciences at Western Michigan University, earned her A.B. degree in anthropology and history from the University of Michigan in 1991 and M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan in 1993 and 1997, respectively.
Curtis has been a member of the interdisciplinary health sciences Ph.D. program at WMU since 2005. Her research interests include social and behavioral epidemiology and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in targeting public health interventions. She also co-founded and is director of the Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM) Center, an inter-organizational center aimed at improving the health of our population and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, research and teaching through cutting edge spatial and temporal data analyses and GIS techniques, data dissemination, training and consulting.
Her current WMU funded research projects include the development of a template for a university-community data-driven health and human resource interactive website and an examination of medical and dental health care service provisions before and after a change from fee-for-service to health maintenance organization model for foster care youth on Medicaid in Michigan.
Before coming to Western Michigan University, Curtis served as both an epidemic intelligence officer and senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where her work focused on investigating outbreaks of tuberculosis, reducing health care-related infectious disease, developing hospital-based assessment tools, and improving public health practice and surveillance. She has published on a number of topics, including infectious disease epidemiology, social determinants of health, high blood pressure, public health surveillance, health care-associated infections, geographic variations in diabetes-related rates and resources and timeliness of well child visits for foster care youth.