About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nagasaki, Japan. I hold a PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Epidemiologic Science.

In general, my research work deals with three main areas:

1) Access to health care/interventions by poor, remote and often marginalized populations
2) the health transition away from infectious disease as countries and localities develop and urbanize and
3) how global economic disparities and political/historical dynamics create worldwide health disparities.

Methodologically, I am interested in GIS mapping and dynamic/complex systems modelling.

I have an M.A. in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University and an M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan.

All topics related to Japan and Africa are of interest to me.

I’m addicted to documentary film, music and creating an endless record of my life through photography. I also enjoy comic books.

Disclaimer: This blog is a fun distraction for me and a way to explore different ideas in an informal environment. Thus, some of the statements made in my posts are poorly thought out, only partially informed, flat out wrong, or merely explorations of perspectives unfamiliar to me. I try my best, but if you’re expecting rigor, please visit a formal academic journal.

Publication List:

Peter, S. L., Y. Prashant, A. Sarah, A. Jean, M. Julius, S. Oliver and L. C. Jessica (2013). “Diffusion of subsidized ACTs in accredited drug shops in Tanzania: determinants of stocking and characteristics of early and late adopters.” BMC Health Services Research 13.

Cohen, J. L., P. Yadav, C. Moucheraud, S. Alphs, P. S. Larson, J. Arkedis, J. Massaga and O. Sabot (2013). “Do price subsidies on artemisinin combination therapy for malaria increase household use?: evidence from a repeated cross-sectional study in remote regions of Tanzania.” PloS one 8(7): e70713.

Peter, S. L., K. Akira, L. Koji, W. Noriko and T. Takeo (2012). “Knowledge and practices of malaria prevention with ITNs in post-and near-elimination areas of Vanuatu.” Malaria Journal 11(Suppl 1).

Prashant, Y., L. C. Jessica, A. Sarah, A. Jean, S. L. Peter, M. Julius and S. Oliver (2012). “Trends in availability and prices of subsidized ACT over the first year of the AMFm: evidence from remote regions of Tanzania.” Malaria Journal 11(1).

Larson, P., D. Mathanga, C. Campbell and M. Wilson (2012). “Distance to health services influences insecticide-treated net possession and use among six to 59 month-old children in Malawi.” Malaria Journal 11(1): 18.

Smith, G. R., C. Badgley, T. P. Eiting and P. S. Larson (2010). “Species diversity gradients in relation to geological history in North American freshwater fishes.” EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY RESEARCH 12(6): 693-726.

3 responses to “About Me”

  1. John Bostrom says :

    Peter – I stumbled on your Iraq and Afghanistan charts and videos looking for simple statistics – how many total casualties, civilian/coalition/enemy, in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s surprsingly hard to get simple, reliable figures.

    Terrific work, thank you so much. I’d really like to work with you further on the “In 1 minute” videos to add a running calculator of total casualties and more visible dates especially in the Afghanistan series. Could we do that?

    John BostromPeter – I stumbled on your Iraq and Afghanistan charts and videos looking for simple statistics – how many total casualties, civilian/coalition/enemy, in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s surprsingly hard to get simple, reliable figures.

    Terrific work, thank you so much. I’d really like to work with you further on the “In 1 minute” videos to add a running calculator of total casualties and more visible dates especially in the Afghanistan series. Could we do that?

    John Bostrom

  2. Michael Mesmer says :

    Hi Peter —

    I am a psychotherapist and new indie filmmaker completing my first film, a 10-minute short about an Iraq War veteran who’s been traumatized by his own violence and what he’s been exposed to. I’m building a collage of images to express his horror of violence — may I use the “Iraq War Casualties” map you have on your blog? I have no money to pay you but will of course credit you. Let me know — thanks!

  3. Danny Murphy says :

    Dear Sir my name is Danny Murphy. I am a masters student in Trinity College Dublin. I was wonderiing if there is any chance you might have data concerning Sierra Leone in regards to number of atrocities commited per year during the civil war? Any help you might give me would be greatly appreciated.

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