Research Associate

Department of Health Services Research and Administration
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2011-present, Research Associate, Department of Health Services Research and Administration
  • 2007-2011, Research/Teaching Assistants, Department of Geography, Texas State University – San Marcos


  • 2011, PhD, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • 2006, MS, Wuhan University
  • 2003, BS, Wuhan University

Professional Interests

I am interested in using GIS and spatial methods to understand and solve environment/health problems. My current research covers four major topics: access to healthcare, health disparities, environmental exposure, and mobile health.

Selected Publications

  • Wan, N., Lin, G. 2013. Life-space characterization from cellular telephone collected GPS data. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 39: 63-70.
  • Wan, N., Qu, W., Whitington, J., Witbrodt, B., Henderson, M., Goulding, E., Schenk, A., Bonasera, S., and Lin, G. 2013. Assessing smart phones for generating life space indicators. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 40(2): 350-361.
  • Wan, N., Zhan, FB., Zou, B., and Wilson, JG. 2013. Spatial access to healthcare services and disparities in colorectal cancer stage at diagnosis in Texas. The Professional Geographer 65(3): 527-541.
  • Wan, N., Zou, B., Sternberg, T. 2012. A three-step floating catchment area method for analyzing spatial access to health services. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 26(6): 1073-1089.
  • Wan, N., Zhan, FB., Zou, B., and Chow, T. 2012. A relative spatial access assessment approach for analyzing potential spatial access to colorectal cancer services in Texas. Applied Geography 32(2): 291-299.
  • Wan, N., Zhan, FB., Lu, Y., and Tiefenbacher, J. 2012. Access to health care and disparities in colorectal cancer survival in Texas. Health & Place 18(2): 321-329.
    Ma, H., Wu, X., Zou, B., Meng, X., and Wan, N. 2012. An algorithm for daytime radiation fog detection based on MODIS/TERRA data over land. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 6(1): 063589, doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.6.063589.
  • Wan, N., Zhan, FB., and Cai, Z. 2011. Socioeconomic disparities in prostate cancer mortality and the impact of geographic scale. Southern Medical Journal 104(8): 553-559.
  • Zhu, Q., Wu, B., and Wan, N. 2007.  A filtering strategy for interest point detecting to improve repeatability and information content. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 73(5): 547-53.
  • Zhu, Q., Wu, B., and Wan, N. 2007. A sub-pixel location method for interest points by means of the Harris interest strength. The Photogrammetric Record 22(120): 321-35.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), since 2007



Contact Neng Wan
Neng Wan, PhD
UNMC College of Public Health
984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4350
Phone: 402-552-7252