Oghenekaro Omodior

Assistant Professor
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

(812) 856-7031
PH 112A

  • University of Florida: College of Health & Human Performance: Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management, Ph.D.
  • University of South Carolina: Arnold School of Public Health: Department of Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, M.P.H.
  • SPH R314 Data-Based Decision Making
  • SPH R55 Special Concerns in Parks & Recreation
  • Postdoctoral Scholar (Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management, College of Health & Human Performance, University of Florida)
Research Interests

1. Vector-borne emerging infectious diseases (VBEIDs) in the context of outdoor recreation, travel and tourism, with particular interest in:

  • the role of personal protective behavior in VBEIDs risk-reduction
  • disease mapping, cluster detection, spatio-temporal disease dynamics
  • distal and proximal risk/protective factors associated with VBEIDs control
  • role of tailored health communication messaging in VBEIDs risk-reduction

2. The "recreation" built environment as a social determinant of health and quality of life, with particular interest in:

  • Spatial distribution of recreation opportunities for different socio-demographic groups
  • Health disparities and recreation accessibility

3. Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Public health, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism research

Selected Publications


Omodior, O., Donohoe, H. (2015). Cote d’ Ivoire, tourism. In J. Jafari & H. Xiao (eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism, Springer, 10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_646-1.


Omodior, O., Pennington-Gray, L., and Donohoe, H. (2015). Efficacy of the Theory of Planned Behavior in predicting the intention to engage in tick-borne disease personal protective behavior amongst visitors to an outdoor recreation center. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(2), 37-53.

Donohoe, H., Pennington-Gray, L. and Omodior, O. (2015) Lyme disease: Current issues, implications, and recommendations for tourism management. Tourism Management, 46: 408-418. DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.07.006

Liu, B., Donohoe, H., Pennington-Gray, L. Omodior, O. (2015). New York City Bed Bug Crisis as Framed by Tourists on TripAdvisor. Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal; 20(2), 243-250. DOI:10.3727/108354215X14265319207597