Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr K (Peter) Koh 

高金錫 助理教授


Room 10.31

391 77027

Assistant Professor

BA, MA (Seoul National University); PhD (Michigan State University)




Peter K. Koh joined the department in November 2018. Peter received his BA and MA degrees in Economics from Seoul National University, South Korea and his PhD degree in Geography from Michigan State University, USA. He also had a postdoctoral training in public health at The Ohio State University.

Peter’s research interests focus on using varied data including but not limited to public health surveys, census data, and spatial data to investigate the associations between health conditions/diseases and their risk factors at various levels of geographies. He is currently working on a project regarding food security and obesity with systems science approaches. He is also involved in other research projects on infant mortality, rheumatic diseases, stress, and trauma.

Prior to his PhD training in the U.S., Peter was a staff journalist at Seoul Shinmun Daily, a major newspaper based in Seoul, South Korea, covering urban issues and policies.

Research Interests
  • Health/ Medical Geography

  • Geographic Information System (GIS)

  • Urban Economics

  • System Science


6 credits

World Cities 

6 credits

Cities and Migrants

6 credits

GIS Applications in Public Health

6 credits

Overseas Field Trip

Selected Publications


  • Koh, K., Reno, R. and Hyder, A. (2019). "Examining Disparities in Food Accessibility among Households in Columbus, Ohio: An Agent-Based Model.” Food Security 11(2): 317-331. DOI: 10.1007/s12571-019-00900-7 (IF2018=2.153).


  • Koh, K., Elder, T., Grady, S. C., Darden, J. and Vojnovic, I. (2018) “Explained and Unexplained Racial and Regional Inequality in Obesity Prevalence in the United States.” Ethnicity & Health 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1442559 (IF2018=2.671).

  • Koh, K., Grady, S. C., Darden, J. and Vojnovic, I. (2018) “Adult Obesity Prevalence at the county level in the United States, 2000-2010: Downscaling Public Health Survey Data using a Spatial Microsimulation Approach.” Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 26: 153-164. DOI: 10.1016/j.sste.2017.10.001

  • Koh, K., Grady, S. C., Vojnovic, I. and Darden, J. (2018) “Impacts of Federally Funded State Obesity Programs on Adult Obesity Prevalence in the United States, 1998-2010.” Public Health Reports 133(2): 169-176. DOI: 10.1177/0033354917751128 (IF2018=2.039).

  • Koh, K., Reno, R. and Hyder, A. (2018) “Designing an Agent-based Model using Group Model Building: Application to Food Insecurity Patterns in a U.S. Midwestern Metropolitan City.” Journal of Urban Health 95(2): 278-289. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-018-0230-1 (IF2018=2.154).


  • Koh, K., Grady, S. C. and Vojnovic, I. (2015) “Using Simulated Data to Investigate the Spatial Patterns of Obesity Prevalence at the Census Tract Level in Metropolitan Detroit.” Applied Geography 62: 19-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.03.016 (IF2018=3.068).

Last Update: September 2019

Research Grants


National Science Foundation GROW Fellowship (University of Vienna, Austria)


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship



National Science Foundation GROW Fellowship (University of Vienna, Austria)


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


UCLA Geography Department Best Graduate Student Paper, Nature-Society Category


American Association of Geographers (AAG) Eurasian Specialty Group Student Paper Competition – Honorary Mention


AAG Dissertation Grant


UCLA Charles F. Scott Fellowship


AAG Asian Specialty Group Best Graduate Student Paper Award


UCLA Dean’s Scholar Award


UCLA Departmental Fellowship


Graduate Tutors Prize for Distinction in MPhil, Fitzwilliam College


Gates Cambridge Fellow