Research Interests: Neighborhood Effects on Health and Behavior; Clinical Epidemiology; Geographic Disparities; Colorectal Cancer
Courses: Advanced epidemiologic methods
Education History: The Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands, M.S. in Human Movement Sciences (1990)
SLU faculty since: 2013
Mario Schootman is an epidemiologist and public health professional, with special expertise in cancer epidemiology and prevention, and neighborhood characteristics in the development of disabilities and disease. He has been one of the pioneers in the development of risk estimates for disability and disease at the neighborhood level.
Throughout his work, he uses a geographic information system (GIS) as well as advanced statistical and epidemiologic tools to examine how community and neighborhood characteristics influence these outcomes. Dr. Schootman received his MS in health science from the Vrije University Faculty of Human Movement Sciences in The Netherlands, and his PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Iowa.
In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Schootman has worked as a chronic disease and injury epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Schootman has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific publications and serves on numerous editorial boards. He has received extensive funding from the NIH for his research. Prior to coming to SLU, Dr. Schootman was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis for 14 years.