Sue C GradyHealth and Medical Geography, Population Geography, Maternal and Child Health

As a medical geographer, my research aims to improve the health and well-being of infants, children, men and women living in poverty.  I focus on the societal determinants of health--physical, social and built environmental hazards, individual and population-level exposures and the adverse health outcomes and premature mortality that result from those exposures.  I utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial epidemiological methods to analyze large health, linked-mortality and environmental datasets to model these multilevel and space-time relationships.  

Most of my research is in the United States, in the Midwest and Northeast Regions, where inner-city urban residents are exposed to hypersegregation, concentrated poverty, high pollution levels and other related environmental hazards. In particular, I am interested in reducing maternal (pregnancy-related) untoward exposures and adverse birth outcomes--low birth weight, preterm birth and neonatal and infant mortality and maternal mortality among mothers and infants living in those areas.  My research is also international, focusing on distal and proximal determinants of maternal and infant mortality in extremely poor parts of the world.  

Medical geographers are in a unique position to study environmental health disparities because of our theoretical focus in Human Ecology.  Human ecology realizes the integrative nature of humans (suceptibility, resiliance), the enviornments in which we operate (vulnerable or health-enhancing) and the culture in which we behave (stress-reducing or health promoting).  In addition, health geographers focus on place and the lived experience of residents.       

If you are interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in health and medical geography at Michigan State University, please contact Dr. Sue Grady [].  I are looking for serious students who are interested in improving the health and well-being of the under-privileged in needed parts of the world.

Other Affiliations

  • Center fo Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), Member Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Center for Gender in Global Context, Member Faculty Advisory Committeee
  • Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Affiliated Faculty Member

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology
  • Member, Environmental Health Tracking Advisory Committee, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Member of Scientific Committees for Internatoinal Medical Geography Symposium and GEOMED Conferences




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