Health Applications of GIS

Professional Seminar in Geospatial Technologies
UMBC GES 679-1
Department of Geography & Environmental Systems
The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville MD

Meets fortnightly, 2011 Sept 10 to Nov 19, 9:00-11:30 AM
Location: Shady Grove Kendall 3215

Announcements and Discussion - see Blackboard

Sep 10 Epidemiology Counts, proportions, and risk Epidemiology
Relative risk
Sep 24 Health dynamics Measles data
Growth simulation
Time series 1. Temporal
Oct 8 Health events Asthma cases Point patterns  
Oct 22 Gridded data Land cover and plague ESRI help 2. Point pattern analysis
Nov 5 Areal data Lyme disease    
Nov 19 Presentations     3. submit by Nov 17
present on Nov 19

Lee De Cola

DATA to Insight, Reston VA
Phone: 01 703 709-6972
hours: 10:00-18:00 Eastern Time (GMT-5)

OBJECTIVES -  By the end of the seminar series you should be able to:

Be familiar with fundamental epidemiological variables
Understand simple dynamic processes relevant to public health
Make and interpret spatial data about health events and rates
Be able to manage basic public health datasets


Interactive presentations
In-class lab exercises
Three assignments
Final project presented in the last class


Spreadsheet (e.g. Excel)
R language (recommended)

PREREQUISITE: A course in statistics

REFERENCES (Recommended)

*We'll generally use Wikipedia articles and other public domain assets. Here are a few books I find useful:

  1. Bivand, R., E. J. Pebesma, et al. (2008). Applied spatial data analysis with R. New York, Springer. Challenging text but with many excellent datasets.

  2. Ellen K. Cromley and Sara L. McLafferty (2011) GIS and Public Health, 2nd ed, NYC: Guilford Press, ISBN 978-1-60918-750-7. Excellent reference in a new edition.

  3. Haggett, P (2000) The Geographical Structure of Epidemics Oxford: Oxford Univ Press. Compact but broad survey by an elder in the field.

  4. Stolley, P D and T Lasky (1995) Investigating disease patterns: the science of epidemiology New York: Scientific American Library, WH Freeman. Lavishly illustrated and clearly written.

  5. Waller, L. A. and C. A. Gotway (2004). Applied spatial statistics for public health data. Hoboken, N.J, John Wiley & Sons. A comprehensive text with many useful datasets.