Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health

by Alan L., M.D. Melnick

Publisher: Aspen Publishers
Publication Date: Friday, March 15, 2002
Number of Pages: 376
ISBN: 083421878X

Book Summary:
This clear and accessible text helps public health professionals gain a solid understanding of geographic information system technology, what it is, how it works, and how it shapes their careers. Using examples drawn from public health practice, the author fully explains this exciting technological development. The text builds from basic to more advanced topics, such as:

A description and the history of GIS
Getting started using GIS: hardware, software, and Internet essentials
Examples of the use and relevance of GIS for environmental health, communicable disease control, injury prevention, chronic disease prevention and control, and community health assessment and improvement
Also, limitations and potential problems of the technology
The connection between GIS technology and public health management and practice, including the future role of public health officials
Also includes graphs, charts and maps to reinforce the text; tables that summarize important information; and URLs for useful web sites; glossary of key terms



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