Dajun Dai, Assistant Professor

Core Faculty Member, Partnership for Urban Health Research, Institute of Public Health, GSU

Affiliated Faculty Member, Emory Center for Injury Control, Emory University. 


Email: ddai at gsu dot edu
Phone: (404) 413-5797
Fax: (404) 413-5768

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Illinois
M.S. Peking University, Beijing, China
B.E. Jilin University, Changchun, China

Research interests: (1) Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) and quantitative methods (artificial intelligence and statistical methods). (2) Health geography (spatial epidemiology, healthcare access, food environment, etc.). (3) Urban studies (segregation and health disparities, transportation and injury prevention, environmental contamination, etc.).

Graduate Research Assistantships: I welcome motivated graduate research assistants. If you are interested in my research, feel free to contact me!

Courses: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG4532/6532); Advanced GIS (GEOG4534/6534); Introduction to Human Geography (GEOG1102); Spatial Analysis; Analytical Cartography; Geovisualization; Medical Geography; Economic Geography.


Dai, D. Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in urban green space accessibility: where to intervene? Landscape and Urban Planning, doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.05.002.

Dai, D. and Wang, F. Geographic disparities in accessibility to food stores in southwest Mississippi. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 38:659-677.

Lynch, CA, Houry, DE, Dai, D. Wright, DW. Evidence-based community consultation for traumatic brain injury.American Journal of Emergency Medicine (accepted).

Dai, D. 2010. Black residential segregation, disparities in spatial access to health care facilities, and late-stage breast cancer diagnosis in metropolitan Detroit. Health and Place, 16(5):1038-1052.

Dai, D., Taquechel, E., Steward, J., and Strasser, S. 2010. The impact of built environment on pedestrian crashes and the identification of crash clusters on an urban university campus. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 11(3):294-301.

Oyana, TJ. and Dai, D. 2010. Automatic cluster identification for environmental applications using the self-organizing maps and a new genetic algorithm. GeoCarto International, 25(1):53-69.

Dai D. and Oyana, TJ. 2008. Spatial variations in the incidence of breast cancer and potential risks associated with soil dioxin contamination in Midland, Saginaw, and Bay Counties, Michigan, USA. Environmental Health, 7:49. DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-7-49.

Dai, D. and Oyana, TJ. 2007. A genetic algorithm for spatiotemporal cluster detection and analysis. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on GeoComputation.

Dai, D. and Oyana, TJ, 2006. An improved genetic algorithm for spatial clustering. In Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, 371-380.

Oyana, TJ., Dai, D., and Scott KE. 2006. Spatiotemporal distributions of reported cases of the Avian Influenza H5N1 (bird flu) in Southern China in early 2004. Avian Disease 50(4):508-515.  


Dr. Dajun Dai