Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects millions of people worldwide, the incidence and severity of asthma is influenced influenced by various factors, including air masses, and weather conditions. Asthma can also disproportionately affect different sociodemographics groups, leading to inequalities and injustices. This study used statistical analysis and GIS to analyze the spatial distribution of asthma calls and their relationship to sociodemographic traits in Wichita, KS, Tulsa, OK, and Oklahoma City, OK, and the seasonal distribution of asthma calls and their relationship to air masses. Results show that the relationship between asthma prevalence is higher among certain sociodemographic groups, such as those with lower income, and educational attainment, minorities, and young children. The study also found that exposure to certain air masses can correlate to an increase in emergency medical service-related asthma calls. This study provides valuable insight into the complex relationship between asthma, air masses, and sociodemographics and provides a basis for further research and interventions to improve public health.


Dr. Thomas Schafer

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type



© Diane Nuñez


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