Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Health Services and Policy Management

First Advisor

Bankole Olatosi


This research looked at gonorrhea rates both from a community perspective and at the state level. Using hot spot analysis, means differences, and quantile regression, we found that education, specifically the percent of people over the age of 25 with less than a high school education, was the dominant factor at the state level while core areas of gonorrhea exist in the PeeDee and western Lowcountry regions of South Carolina in 2017 and 2018. Risky sexual behaviors are well-defined in the literature for individual persons, but this shows that looking at societal and community factors is important.

This is a significant start to stemming gonorrhea incidence in South Carolina

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