About Anders Erickson

Anders Erickson recently obtained his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with the Division of Medical Sciences & Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. His research interests are varied, but predominantly focus on the spatial and environmental epidemiology of reproductive health, the social determinants of health and gene-environment interactions. His PhD project used small area spatial and multilevel analyses to model the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight and gestational diabetes relating to air pollution exposure and its possible interaction with social factors. Anders has consulted on several other research projects and government contracts regarding biostatistics, epidemiology and GIS mapping. He will be teaching the fully online Population Health and GIS course (PHDA 03) in September 2017.

Posts by Anders Erickson

Access to timely and quality health care is an important determinant of health and well-being. Despite universal health coverage in Canada, there exists socio-demographic, financial and physical geographic barriers that limit the accessibility to health care resulting in health disparities across the population. The ability to link administrative health and census data to small or large geographic areas facilitates the study of such health disparities and can provide guidance for overarching policy and/or targeted intervention. A great example of this can be found in a research article entitled Spatial Accessibility to Health Care...
Posted on November 1, 2016
When does a space become a place? There are a myriad of small open spaces and buildings throughout towns and cities across Canada that offer places for play, walking, social gathering, and contemplation that are not official parks or community centers. Boulevard gardens, empty lots turned dog walking spot, or commercial store front used as a gathering space after hours; these are but a few examples of how space becomes place in the context of local residents and the type of information Statistics Canada is trying to gather in its newly launched crowd-sourcing initiative. The ability to map these locations and use them for empirical...
Interested in how to conduct different types of spatial exposure assessments for air pollution or other exposures to a population?  PHDA04: Spatial Epidemiology and Outbreak Detection is a great place to start. Exposure assessment is the study of human contact with some agent in the environment, be it chemical, physical, biological or social substance or process. Exposure assessment examines the mechanisms and dynamics of these events and how they may relate to health outcomes in a target population. Spatial exposure assessment is one of nine weekly learning modules in which students learn the intricacies of spatial exposure...
Is neighbourhood socioeconomic status associated with pediatric and childhood injuries? Are such injuries clustered in space? How can I model the spatial dependence in pediatric and childhood injuries in order to help policy makers develop effective and targeted prevention strategies to reduce injury occurrences in high risk areas? The above is but one example of the type of research questions addressed by students taking the Spatial Epidemiology and Disease Outbreak Detection course offered within the suite of the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis (PSC in PHDA). Population health research is...
Posted on March 22, 2016
Population health research is inherently interdisciplinary, multifaceted and firmly rooted in the evolving connections between place, time and related socioeconomic processes. To excel in this rapidly diversifying field requires a broad range of skills. The importance of data analytics and spatial thinking as it pertains to the world’s growing health concerns—be they social, physical or environmental—also demands approaches that serve real time and remotely accessed, exploratory and highly collaborative research environments. The Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis (PSC in PHDA) strives to address...