GIS and Public Health

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Guilford Press, 2002 - Medical - 340 pages
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This clearly written text provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of GIS in analyzing and addressing public health problems. The book lays a solid foundation in GIS, guides the reader through basic concepts and methods, and emphasizes practical applications. Issues discussed include ways that GIS can be used to map health events, identify disease clusters, investigate environmental health problems, and understand the spread of communicable and vector-borne infectious disease. Also covered are strategies for assessing patterns of health services delivery and assisting community groups in identifying local health issues. Each chapter includes numerous tables, figures, and concrete examples, as well as useful references and Internet resources. Complementing the text is a special website featuring sample GIS databases that users can download for hands-on practice with a variety of spatial analytical techniques.

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Ellen K. Cromley, PhD, is Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, and is affiliated with the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut. Her 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 in geography, epidemiology, public health, and health services journals.

Sara L. McLafferty, PhD, is Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana/n-/Champaign, Urbana, Illinois. Her research explores the use of spatial analysis methods and GIS for health and social issues in cities, as well as gender and racial disparities in geographical access to services and employment opportunities. She has published in geography, epidemiology, and urban studies journals and serves on the editorial boards of Economic Geography and Health and Place.

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