Measuring residential segregation and its consequences for health

In this session, we will focus on the quantitative complement to the more-qualitative analysis of residential segregation and infectious disease presented in (Roberts 2009).

Speficially, during class we will briefly discuss the readings as well as some of the key measures used to characterize residential segregation. We will complete the following two hands-on exercises (time-permitting):

  1. Comparing measures of spatial segregation and clustering.
  2. Examining the mechanistic implications of residential segregation for infection inequity. (If time ⏳)

Additional Resources


Roberts, Samuel K. 2009. Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation. University of North Carolina Press.