Ente J.J Rood, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute and one of the founders of the KIT Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology. Ente’s work focuses on the development of methods and statistical approaches to predict geographic distributions of disease and to compare spatial patterns of public health needs to geographic patterns of health service delivery. In his recent work, Ente has developed a method to detect discrepancies in the prevention, detection and treatment of patients with Tuberculosis as well as Neglected Tropical Diseases. Ente has extensive experience in the use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and geostatistical methodologies to model and predict biological and epidemiological processes over space and time. Since 2011, Ente has been a trainer and coordinator of the annual short course “Using GIS for Global Health“.
Education and prior work, special functions
Prior to his work at KIT Health Ente obtained a Ph.D. degree in conservation ecology and environmental biology, specializing in environmental impact assessments. Before starting his Ph.D. research at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, Ente has worked on environmental development projects in Cameroon and Indonesia performing environmental hazard studies. During his Ph.D. research he has studied the effects of land use change and socio-economic agents on the sustainability of environmental services, ecological processes, species distributions and human livelihoods in the Indonesian province of Nanngroe Aceh Darussalam.
Description of group’s work
The work of the KIT epidemiology group is focused on strengthening public health activities and disease control programs. Combining expertise in epidemiology, environmental sciences, health information management and geographical information systems (GIS), the group conducts research, provides advisory and M&E services, and develops and offers tailor-made training programs. The group supports training and implementation of evidence-based health care and policy development.