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 Joseph Ransford Oppong
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Joseph Ransford Oppong
Professor-Geography
 
Contact address   Department of Geography, 1155 Union Circle # 305279, Denton, Texas 76203     Office LocationEnvironmental Science Buidling, Room No.: 310Q 
Email  oppong@unt.edu    Contact Number 9405652181   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle Professional Preparation
 DegreeMajor/Thesis/DissertationInstitutionYear
 Doctor of PhilosophyDepartment of GeographyUniversity of Alberta, Edmonton1992
 Master of ArtsDepartment of GeographyUniversity of Alberta, Edmonton1986
 Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) University of Ghana, Legon1982
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Spring 2014GEOG4120001Medical Geography Download Syllabus
Fall 2013GEOG3750001Geography of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa Download Syllabus
Spring 2013GEOG4120001Medical Geography Download Syllabus
Spring 2013Geog5140001Medical Geography  
Fall 2012GEOG3750001Geography of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa Download Syllabus
Spring 2012GEOG3750001Geography of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa Download Syllabus
Fall 2011GEOG4120001Medical Geography Download Syllabus
Fall 2011GEOG5130001Research in Human Geography Download Syllabus
Spring 2011GEOG3750001Geography of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa Download Syllabus
Fall 2010GEOG4120001Medical Geography Download Syllabus
Fall 2010GEOG5130001Research in Human Geography9 
Spring 2010GEOG3750001Geography of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa126 
Fall 2009GEOG4120001Medical Geography66 
Fall 2009GEOG5130001Research in Human Geography6 
toggle toggle Research and Expertise
Africa
 

Computational Epidemiology
 

Geographic Information Systems and Health
 

Human Geography
 

Location-Allocation Modeling
 

Medical Geography
 

Quantitative Analysis
 

toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2011-PresentAssociate Dean for Research and Professional Development Toulouse Graduate SchoolUniversity of North TexasGraduate Studies
2008-PresentProfessor of Geography  University of North Texas, Denton Texas
2008-PresentAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Health University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, TX
2009-2011Interim Associate Dean Toulouse Graduate SchoolUniversity of North Texas
2002-2008Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Health University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, TX
1998-2008Associate Professor  University of North Texas, Denton Texas
1992-1998Assistant Professor  University of North Texas, Denton Texas
1991-1992InstructorDepartment of Geography University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
1990-1991Visiting InstructorDepartment of Geography The University of Iowa City, IA
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
2011-2012152510
toggle toggle Publications
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  YearPublication  Type
2013
Accepted/In-press
  The changing medical geography of Africa. In Paul W.K. Yankson , George Owusu, Samuel Agyei-Mensah & Emmanuel M. Attua (eds). Selected Readings in Geography:Essays in Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the University of Ghana

Samuel Agyei-Mensah & Joseph R. Oppong:
 
Book chapters
2013
Published
Researching Urban Slum Health in Nima, Accra. In Spatial Inequalities, Health, Poverty, and Place in Accra, Ghana. John Weeks, Alan Hill, and Justin Stoler (Eds.): GeoJournal Library, Vol. 110:109-124.
Aggrey-Korsah, Emmanuel H. and Joseph R. Oppong
Springer
Book chapters
2013
Accepted/In-press

Vulnerable Places: Prison Locations, Socioeconomic Status and HIV Infection in Texas. Professional Geographer.


Oppong, J. R., Libbey Kutch, Chetan Tiwari and Sonia Arbona.
Taylor and Francis
Other
2013
Accepted/In-press
 Disease Ecology. In Tim Brown and Sara McLafferty (eds.) Encyclopedia of Health and Society.

Oppong, J. R. and Jody Huddleston
Elsevier.
Book chapters
2012
Published
Mapping Late Testers for HIV in Texas, Health and Place Health and Place 18(3):568-75.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.01.008

Oppong, JR, Chetan Tiwari, W. Ruckthongsook, Jody Huddleston and Sonia Arbona
 
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2003-2015African Geographical ReviewMember of Editorial Board 
2005-2011Professional GeographerMember of Editorial Board 
 Environment and Planning AManuscript reviewer 
 Environment and Planning CManuscript reviewer 
 Geographical AnalysisManuscript reviewer 
 Geographical ReviewManuscript reviewer 
 Health and PlaceManuscript reviewer 
 Location ScienceManuscript reviewer 
 Professional GeographerManuscript reviewer 
 ProteusManuscript reviewer 
 Review of Human Factor StudiesManuscript reviewer 
 Global Academic PublishingManuscript reviewer 
 Dantes Testing ServiceTest Item Writer for Human Geography 
 Cultural GeographyManuscript reviewer 
 Annals of the Association of American GeographersManuscript reviewer 
 Social BiologyManuscript reviewer 
 Prentice Hall (1)Book Reviewer 
 Brown and Benchmark (1)Book Reviewer 
 Saunders College Publishing (1)Book Reviewer 
 John Wiley (1)Book Reviewer 
 Edward Arnold Publishers, London, EnglandBook Reviewer 
 World Atlas of Diseases, by M. R. Smallman-Raynor, A. D. Cliff and P.HaggettBook Reviewer 
 African Geographical ReviewManuscript reviewer 
 Applied Geographic StudiesManuscript reviewer 
 South Western GeographerManuscript reviewer 
 Social Science JournalManuscript reviewer 
 East African Geographical ReviewManuscript reviewer 
 Social Science and MedicineManuscript reviewer 
 The Columbia Gazetteer of the World, Columbia, University PressEditorial Board Member 
toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
 2013 Oppong, J. R., Chetan Tewari and Warankana Ruckthongsook . 2013. Vulnerable Places and Vulnerable People: The Geography of HIV infection in Harris County, Texas. International Medical Geography Symposium, East Lansing, MI, July 7-12, 2013.
 2013 Ruckthongsook, Warankana, Joseph R. Oppong, and Chetan Tiwari. 2013. Spatiotemporal Variation of Modes of Exposure among Youth HIV/AIDS in Texas 1999-2011. International Medical Geography Symposium, East Lansing, MI, July 7-12, 2013.
 2013 Hedrich, Mara, Joseph R. Oppong and Chetan Tiwari. 2013. Wealth Gap-Health Gap: Impact on HIV/AIDS in Texas. International Medical Geography Symposium, East Lansing, MI, July 7-12, 2013.
 2013 Tiwari, Chetan and Joseph R. Oppong. 2013. Adjusting Disease Maps for Population Differences based on Race/Ethnicity. 58th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, April 9-13, 2013.
 2013 Ruckthongsook, Warankana, Joseph R. Oppong, Chetan Tiwari and Sonia Arbona. 2013. Spatial variation of modes of exposure to HIV/AIDS in different age and race/ethnic groups in Texas. 58th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, April 9-13, 2013.
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2013-2016EESE: Graduate Virtue Ethics Education in Science and EngineeringNational Science Foundation$299,558.00Principal InvestigatorActive
2012-2014EAGER: Prototyping a Virtue Ethics gameNational Science Foundation$49,774.00Principal InvestigatorActive
2009-2014Climatic Extremes, Mining, and Mycobacterium Ulcerans: A coupled Systems PerspectiveNational Science Foundation$77,238.81Principal InvestigatorActive
2010-2012Enhancing Access to the Geosciences for Latino/a English Language Learners in North Texas (EAGLE-NT)National Science Foundation$39,998.00Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2007-2009Global Development Network An Evaluation of Ghana’s National Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGsJoseph Mensah, George Frempong, Kofi Bobi Barimah, and William Sabi. An Evaluation of Ghana’s National Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGs$148,525Co-PICompleted
2007-2008Congressional Earmark Grant. Center for Computational EpidemiologyArmin Mikler, Samuel Atkinson, Karan Singh, and Eric Johnson$470,000Co-PICompleted
2003-2004Research Workshop: HIV-AIDS in Africa: Gender, Agency and VulnerabilityEzekiel Kalipeni, Jayati Ghosh and Asseta Zerai$10,000Co-PICompleted
2001-2002The Azikiwe-COMESA Professional Internship ProgramEileen Resnick, Mike McPherson, Al Bavon and Mitch Land$473,266Co-PICompleted
2000-2001Africa-UNT Graduate Program InitiativeR. Schafer and S. L. Terrell$10,000Co-PICompleted
2001Predicting the Spatial Distribution of Buruli Ulcer in Southern Benin and Ghana Using Remote Sensing and GIS TechniquesMinhe Ji$2,405Co-PICompleted
1999-2000Research Workshop: AIDS in Africa: Reviewing the Past, Understanding the Present and Charting the FutureEzekiel Kalipeni and Susan Craddock$30,000Co-PICompleted
1999-2000The Geography of Tuberculosis in GhanaUniversity of North Texas Research Initiation Grant$2,000Co-PICompleted
1996-1998Enhancing Geographic Education with Data Visualization and GIS TechnologyNational Science Foundation and Texas HEAF$70,000Co-PICompleted
1996-1997Spatial Analysis of Cancer Incidence and Mortality in North TexasHarris Methodist Health Foundation$12,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1995-1996The Geography of Health and Health Services in Alberta Canada and Texas ComparedCanadian Embassy$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1985-1986Growth Center Policy and the Quality of Life in Northern AlbertaAlberta Native Affairs Secretariat$5,000Co-PICompleted
1997University of North Texas Junior Faculty Summer Research GrantItinerant Drug Vendors and Health Care in Rural West Africa$3,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1997Training Itinerant Drug Vendors in Surveillance of Newly Emerging Diseases in Rural West AfricaUniversity of North Texas Supplementary Research Grant$750.00Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1996University of North Texas Conference Travel GrantInternational Symposium in Medical Geography, Portsmouth, England$750Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1995International Symposium on Computer Mapping in Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Tampa, FloridaUniversity of North Texas Supplementary Travel Grant$1,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1994Trauma Care in Rural TexasJunior Faculty Summer Research Grant, University of North Texas$3,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1993Spatial Analysis of Cancer Incidence and Mortality in TexasUniversity of North Texas Research Initiation Grant$3,300Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1992Geographical Access to Health Care in Rural TexasJunior Faculty Summer Research Grant, University of North Texas$3,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1992Future and Current Allied Health Personnel requirement in the North Central Texas RegionResearch Initiation Grant, University of North Texas$1,300Principal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Consulting Activities
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)*Company/OrganizationRoleFundingWork Performed
1995-1997Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TXOther Geographic Information Systems and Texas Teen Pregnancy
2007International Labor Organization (ILO), Geneva.Research Scientist$15,000.00Discussion paper - 2007. Maternity Protection and Health Insurance in Africa Comparative Overview of Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. External Collaboration Report for Social Security Department, International Labor Office
1997Harris Methodist Health System, Fort Worth, TXOther Cancer Incidence and Mortality in North Central Texas
1996Richardson, TXOther African Business Solutions
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2014National Science FoundationGraduate Research Fellowship Review Panel
2013National Science FoundationCoupled Natural and Human Systems Panel
toggle toggle Teaching
GEOG 1170-Introduction to Human Geography
 

GEOG 1200-World Regional Geography
 

GEOG 3010-Economic Geography
 

GEOG 3100-Geography of the United States and Canada
 

GEOG 3190-Quantitative Methods in Geography
 

GEOG 3750-Geography of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
 

GEOG 4120-Medical Geography
 

GEOG 4410-Location-Allocation Modeling
 

GEOG 4900-Special Problems in Cultural Geography
 

GEOG 4900-Special Problems in Human Geography
 

GEOG 4900-Special Problems in Location Modeling
 

GEOG 5140-Graduate Medical Geography
 

GEOG 5410-Graduate Location-Allocation Modeling
 

GEOG 5960-Graduate Economic Geography
 

Summer Study Abroad
 
Organized and led a class of 26 students on a Summer Study Tour of Economic Geography and Medical Geography of Ghana during Summer, 1995. http://www.geog.unt.edu/schools.html

Summer Study Abroad -Led a class of 16 students on a Summer Study Tour of Economic Geography and Medical Geography of Ghana during Summer, 1999
 

Summer Study Abroad-Led a class of 10 students on a Summer Study Tour of Economic Geography and Medical Geography of Ghana during Summer, 2005.
 

Summer Study Abroad-Led a class of 13 students on a Summer Study Tour of Economic Geography and Medical Geography of Ghana during Summer, 2003.
 

Summer Study Abroad-Led a class of 16 students on a Summer Study Tour of Economic Geography and Medical Geography of Ghana during Summer, 2001
 

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
1992Oppong, J. R.Dissertation and ThesesLocation-Allocation Models for Primary Health Care in Suhum District, Ghana. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
1986Oppong, J. R.Dissertation and ThesesDevelopment Disparities Within a Peripheral Region: Problems in Measuring the Quality of Life. M.A. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
1982Oppong, J. R.Dissertation and ThesesThe Government Factor in Industry: A Case Study of the African Timber and Plywood (Ghana) Ltd., Samreboi. B.A. Thesis, University of Ghana, Legon
 Sarah GarciaMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 John Bob AyensuMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Faustina Fosuaa DonkorMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Kweku DonkorMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Brian LongMasters in Public Health, UNT Health Sciences CenterGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Mandy YuMasters in Environmental ScienceGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Nadine GrosseMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Frank LondonMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Dave MitchellDoctoral/Department of Business Computer Information SystemsGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Annette AllenDoctoral/Department of SociologyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Tracy DietzDoctoral/Department of SociologyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Regina EdziyieMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Yolanda TsangMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Curtis DentonMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Sumanth ReddyMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Rob DarnellMaster of Science in Applied GeographyGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Kaja AbbasDoctoral/Computing ScienceGraduate Mentoring/Advising 
toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
1999-PresentCollege of Arts and Sciences Council of AdvisorsMember 
1998-PresentUndergraduate AdvisorUndergraduate Advisor 
1992-PresentCurriculum CommitteeMember 
1992-PresentFaculty Search CommitteeMember 
1992-PresentHonors Awards CommitteeMember 
1992-PresentPersonnel CommitteeMember 
2005-2007Udall Scholarship CommitteeMemberUniversity Committee and Councils
2003-2007College of Arts and SciencesDiversity Advisory Representative 
2005-2006UNT Academic Plan Implementation Committee  
2005-2006UNT Faculty Senate Committee on Scholarly Misconduct  
2004-2006UNT Academic Affairs Committee  
2004-2005Provost’s Institutes and Centers Task Force Committee  
2005UNT Academic Plan Steering Committee  
2003-2004Promotion and Tenure Committee and Personnel Affairs Committee, Department of Dance and TheaterMember 
2001-2004College of Arts and Sciences Faculty CouncilMember 
2000-2004Udall Scholarship CommitteeMemberUniversity Committee and Councils
2001Hosted Professor Florida Karani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi, during official visit to UNT  
2001UNT Delegate to the “Implementing Collaboration between African and American Graduate Schools Conference,”  
1999-2000Strategic Planning Document CommitteeChair 
1999-2000Udall Scholarship CommitteeMemberUniversity Committee and Councils
1997-2000College of Arts and Sciences EXPO Planning CommitteeMember 
1995-1998Udall Scholarship CommitteeMemberUniversity Committee and Councils
1992-1995College of Arts and Sciences Council of AdvisorsMemberSchool/ College Committee and Councils
1992-1995Undergraduate AdvisorUndergraduate Advisor 
1996College of Arts and Sciences EXPOParticipantSchool/ College Committee and Councils
1993UNT sponsored faculty delegation to Ghana to establish faculty and student exchange programs with Universities in Ghana, West AfricaLeaderUniversity Committee and Councils
 Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science ProgramApplicant InterviewerUniversity Committee and Councils
 Participant in UNT Study Abroad Fairs/Workshops (4)  
 University of North Texas Task Force on Health Services ResearchMemberUniversity Committee and Councils
 Participant in UNT Instructional Workshops (2)  
 College of Arts and Sciences Futures CommitteeMemberSchool/ College Committee and Councils
toggle toggle Memberships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
 American Public Health AssociationMember 
 Association of American GeographersMember 
 Southwest Association of Canadian StudiesMember 
 Texas Academy of ScienceMember 
 International Institute for Human Factor DevelopmentMember 
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2013Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguished Scholar Award in African GeographyAssociation of American G eographers (Africa Specialty Group)
1997Junior Faculty Summer Research AwardUniversity of North Texas
1994Junior Faculty Summer Research AwardUniversity of North Texas
1993Junior Faculty Summer Research AwardUniversity of North Texas
1989University of Alberta Dissertation FellowshipUniversity of Alberta
1986University of Ghana Graduate FellowshipUniversity of Ghana
1984University of Ghana Graduate FellowshipUniversity of Ghana
1982Ghana Government Undergraduate ScholarshipUniversity of Ghana
1979Ghana Government Undergraduate ScholarshipUniversity of Ghana
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2012Panelist, National Science Foundation (NSF) Coupled Natural and Human SystemsPanelistReviewed proposals
2008-2012International Geographers Union (IGU) Commission on Health and Environment (CHESteering Committee Member and US Representative 
2007-2012College Board Advanced Placement Human Geography, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NEReader/Scorer 
200712th International Symposium in Medical Geography, Bonn, GermanyMember of Scientific Board 
2007National Science Foundation (NSF) Geography and Regional Science Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Advisory PanelPanelist 
2006-PresentDallas County Pandemic Influenza Preparedness CommitteeMember of Advisory Board 
2005-2007The Professional GeographerMember 
2005PanDefense 1.0. Closed Workshop of 49 invited international experts on the global threat of Pandemic Influenza. Hotel Sofitel, San FranciscoParticipant 
2004-2008International Geographers Union (IGU) Commission on Health and Environment (CHE)Steering Committee Member and US Representative 
2004-2005Local Arrangements Committee, 11th International Medical Geography Symposium, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Fort Worth, TXOrganizer and Chair of Planning 
2004 -presentNew Life Church, Denton, TXElder 
2003-2007Editorial Board, African Geographical ReviewMember 
2002-2010AIDS Services of North TexasMember of Board of Directors 
2002-2005Medical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American GeographersChair 
2002-2004Denton Chapter of the American Cancer SocietyMember of Board of Directors 
2000-2004International Geographers Union (IGU) Commission on Health and Environment (CHE)Steering Committee Member and US Representative 
1999-2003Pebaseman Development AgencyVice-President 
1999-2002Africa Specialty Group, Association of American GeographersChair 
1999-2001City of Fort Worth Healthy Communities CommitteeMember 
1999-2000Medical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American GeographersBoard Member 
1997Jacquez May Thesis/Dissertation Award in Medical Geography CommitteeMemberOffices and Committee Assignments in Professional Organization
1996-1997AAG Annual Meeting Local Arrangements CommitteeMemberOffices and Committee Assignments in Professional Organization
1995-1996International Institute for Human Factor DevelopmentHome Page ManagerOffices and Committee Assignments in Professional Organization
1994-1997Africa Specialty Group of the Association of American GeographersDirectorOffices and Committee Assignments in Professional Organization
 Pan African Festival of History and Drama (PANAFEST) Planning CommitteeMember 
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Test Item Writer for Human Geography, Dantes Testing Service.

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