Karo Omodior

(812) 856-7031
PH 133C

  • University of Florida: College of Health & Human Performance: Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management, Ph.D., 2015
  • University of South Carolina: Arnold School of Public Health: Department of Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, M.P.H., 2012
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, M.S., 2007
  • SPH R685 Trends in Survey Methodology & Public Health Research
  • SPH R580 GIS and Spatial Data Applications in Public Health
  • SPH R314 Data-based Decision-making
  • Postdoctoral Scholar (Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management, College of Health & Human Performance, University of Florida)
Research Interests
My existing research uses spatial and non-spatial statistical models to broadly analyze tick-borne disease (TBD) risk, which extends to include TBD hazard identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation, and TBD risk control in human populations.
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.


Nelson EJ., Luetke MC., McKinney C., Omodior O. (2018). Knowledge of the Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus and Preventive Practices Against Zika Virus Among U.S. Travelers. Journal of Community Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-018-0594-x

Omodior O., Luetke M., Nelson E. (2018). Mosquito-borne Infectious disease, risk-perceptions, and personal protective behavior among U.S. international travelers. Preventive Medicine Reports, 12:336 – 342

Donohoe, H.; Omodior, O.; Roe, J. (2018). Tick-Borne Disease Occupational risks and Behaviors of Florida Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Service Employees – A Health Belief Model Perspective. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 22:9 – 17

Omodior, O., Pennington-Gray, L., Thapa, B. (2017). Modeling Insect-Repellent Use for Chikungunya Disease Prevention among US-Caribbean Travelers. International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health, 5(4), 125-134. doi: 10.15171/ijtmgh.2017

Omodior, O., Pennington-Gray, L., Thapa, B., Holland, S., Kiousis, S. (2017). Chikungunya Disease Awareness among U.S. Travelers to Caribbean Destinations. International Journal of Travel Medicine & Global Health, 5(1), 20-27. doi: 10.15171/ijtmgh

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