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Michael  Kramer

Assoc Professor

Associate Professor

Faculty, Epidemiology

Dr. Kramer is a social epidemiologist with particular interest in maternal and child health populations and life course processes.  His current research and teaching interests fall into three areas, and often include the intersection of these areas.

Social determinants of health -- including study of macrosocial determinants of population disparities in lifecourse health outcomes including pregnancy outcomes, childhood development, and adult chronic disease incidence and mortality.  Such macrosocial determinants are observable at different scales, and thus his work is focused on both neighborhood effects as well as broader regional, and sub-national processes including racial and economic residential segregation. This line of research includes both etiologic/mechanistic analyses as well as evaluations of social policies as determinants of health, including shifting public housing policy in Atlanta.

Maternal and child health -- In a lifecourse perspective, reproduction and early childhood are particularly critical windows during which social and environmental exposures may have an outsized role in patterning health trajectories throughout the rest of life.  Much of Dr. Kramer's research has focused on biosocial and macrosocial detminants of racial and economic disparities in preterm birth and in maternal health, morbidity, and mortality. This line of research also includes ongoing collaborations with March of Dimes and CDC developing data visualization tools to facilitate state and local surveillance and action to eliminate inequities in poor perniatal and maternal health outcomes.

Spatial analysis -- Spatial patterns of populations and population health often reflect the geography of social processes.  This line of work includes validating and implementing novel methods for measuring spatial segregation at varying spatial scales in an effort to more fully represent the ways in which people experience 'place'. Ongoing funded research in spatial analysis focuses on the geography of opportunity for early childhood development, including the measurement and modeling of spatially structured social and physical environments.

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Areas of Interest

  • Health Disparities
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Spatial Analysis/GIS


  • BA 1991, Earlham College
  • MMSc 1997, Emory University
  • PhD 2009, Emory University

Courses Taught

  • EPI 563: Conc. & Applic. in Spatial EPI
  • EPI 798R: Pre-candidacy Research
  • EPI 594: Adv. Methods in Social EPI

Affiliations & Activities

Assistant Professor (Associated), Department of Sociology, Emory University

Epidemiology Grand Rounds: Space, Time, and History Spatiotemporal Stories of the Decline in Heart Disease Mortality in the US. 1973 - 2010

HRSA MCH EnRICH Webinar: More than pretty pictures: From GIS to Spatial Analysis in MCH

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