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James Wilson

Research Emphasis

Geography of Health and Population, Rural and Historical

Specific Research Endeavors

My primary research focuses on using geographic tools for exploring, describing and modeling problems in public and environmental health. Much of this research has been based on vital statistics and census data, but I have been increasingly involved in collaborative work in the areas of soil, water and air contamination and pollution, as well as modeling the impact of natural hazards like tropical storm surges on vulnerable coastal populations. Other research interests and work include the geographic analysis of health services delivery, health behaviors, risk, disparities, mortality and morbidity outcomes, sanitation, biotoxin exposures and infectious disease epidemics.

Frequently Taught Courses

GEOG 253: Environment & Society 
GEOG 256/556: Maps and Mapping
GEOG 432: The Geography of Health
GEOG 532: The Geography of Health
GEOG 498E/790E: Geography Seminar

Representative Publications

Jim Mitchell and James L. Wilson. Topography, Culture Areas, and Integration of Retired Migrants in a Coastal North Carolina County. 2011. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 30(2): pp. 159-172

Jilcott, S, Liu, H, Moore, J, Bethel, J, Wilson, J, and A Ammerman. “Commuter times, food retail gaps, and weight status in rural and urban North Carolina counties”. 2010.  Preventing Chronic Disease. 7(5), A107. 

Wilson, JL, and CJ Mansfield.  “Disease, Death, and the Body Politic:  an Areal Interpolation Example for Political Epidemiology.”  2010.  International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 1(3). pp. 49-68 

Jilcott, S, Liu, H, Moore, J, Bethel, J, Wilson, J, and A Ammerman. “Commuter times, food retail gaps, and weight status in rural and urban North Carolina counties”. 2010.  Preventing Chronic Disease. 7(5), A107.  

Wilson, JL, and CJ Mansfield. “Disease, Death, and the Body Politic:  an Areal Interpolation Example for Political Epidemiology.”  2010.  International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. vol. 1 no. 3.

Mitchell, J, Bradley, D, Wilson, JL, and T Goins. 2008.  “The Aging Farm Population and Rural Aging Research”.  Journal of Agromedicine.  vol. 13. no. 2.  pp. 95-109.

Mansfield, CJ, Wilson, J.L., Kobrinski, EJ, and J Mitchell. 1999. “Premature Mortality in the United States: The Roles of Place, Socioeconomic Status, Household Type, and Availability of Medical Care”.  American Journal of Public Health. 89(6). p. 893.

Wilson, J.L., and A Branigan.  1999. “Telemedicine Sites and Health Professional Shortage Areas in Eastern North Carolina”. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  vol. 5  no. 2.  pp. 45-46.

Phillips, CM, Burke, WA, Allen, MH, Stone, D, and J.L. Wilson. 1998.  “Reliability of Telemedicine in Evaluating Skin Tumors”.    Telemedicine Journal.

Matthews, SA, Rosenberg, M, Schneider, D, Earickson, R, Wilson, J., Baker, A, and W Gesler.  1995.  "Teaching medical geography”.  Journal of Geography in Higher Education.  vol. 19 no.3.  pp. 317-334.

Wilson, J.L.  1993.  "Mapping a Finnish Smallpox Epidemic from Historical Population Records." Professional Geographer.  vol. 45 no. 3. pp. 276-286.

Wilson, J.L.  1991.  "Temporal and Spatial Epidemic Diffusion in Small Regional Settings." Proceedings.  vol. XX (NESTVAL) vol. XXIII (Middle States).  pp. 100 -109.

Mansfield, CJ and JL Wilson.  “Community-Level Data”.  2008. North Carolina Medical Journal.  Vol. 69  no. 2.  pp. 142-145.

 


Associate Professor

jwilson41@niu.edu
Office: Davis Hall 219E

Education

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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