GIS and Public Health, Second Edition

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Guilford Press, Oct 28, 2011 - Social Science - 503 pages

Authoritative and comprehensive, this is the leading text and professional resource on using geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze and address public health problems. Basic GIS concepts and tools are explained, including ways to access and manage spatial databases. The book presents state-of-the-art methods for mapping and analyzing data on population, health events, risk factors, and health services, and for incorporating geographical knowledge into planning and policy. Numerous maps, diagrams, and real-world applications are featured. The companion Web page provides lab exercises with data that can be downloaded for individual or course use. New to This Edition*Incorporates major technological advances, such as Internet-based mapping systems and the rise of data from cell phones and other GPS-enabled devices.*Chapter on health disparities.*Expanded coverage of public participation GIS.*Companion Web page has all-new content.*Goes beyond the United States to encompass an international focus.


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CHAPTER 1 Geographic Information Systems
CHAPTER 2 Spatial Data
CHAPTER 3 Spatial Databases for Public Health
CHAPTER 4 Mapping Health Information
CHAPTER 5 Analyzing Spatial Clustering of Health Events
CHAPTER 6 Analyzing Environmental Hazards
CHAPTER 7 Analyzing the Risk and Spread of Infectious Diseases
CHAPTER 9 Analyzing Access to Health Services
CHAPTER 10 Locating Health Services
CHAPTER 11 Health Disparities
CHAPTER 12 Public Participation GIS and Community Health
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CHAPTER 8 Exploring the Ecology of VectorBorne Diseases

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Ellen K. Cromley is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington. Previously, she was Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Dr. Cromley’s research is primarily concerned with geographical patterns of health and disease, health facility location, and GIS design to support public health surveillance and intervention programs. She has published articles in geography, epidemiology, public health, and health services journals.  Sara L. McLafferty is Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her research she explores the use of spatial statistical methods and GIS for understanding health and social issues in cities, as well as gender and racial disparities in geographical access to services and employment opportunities. Dr. McLafferty has published articles in geography, epidemiology, and urban studies journals and is an Associate Editor of the journal Health and Place.