2013 Summer Institute on GIS and Public Health

Date: May 29-31, 2013

Location: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Full Institute - $850* (SOLD OUT)
Full Institute: Student Rate - $450 (with proof of student status - SOLD OUT)
Lectures Only (W-F, 9am-1pm) - $450

Registration closed.

By the end of the 3-day Institute, participants will be able to:

  • Understand a broad range of ways that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be applied to public health research, practice, and public policy
  • Critically analyze maps and research results developed using GIS
  • Learn how to create and analyze thematic maps, geocode addresses, and conduct basic queries
  • Implement a variety of field data collection methods used in GIS such as handheld GPS technology
  • Develop individual research agendas which incorporate GIS methods

**For more information regarding the GIS component of this institute,
please email Amy Hillier at ahillier@design.upenn.edu.

Expert Course Instructors:

Charlie Branas, PhD 
Charles Branas is a Professor of Epidemiology and faculty co-director of the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Branas works to improve health and healthcare and is recognized for his efforts to reduce violence and enhance emergency care. Much of his work incorporates human geography and spatial interactions. His studies have taken him to various places including the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, rural counties across the US and cities and small towns in Guatemala and other countries.

Amy Hillier, MSW PhD 
Dr. Hillier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty co-director of the Cartographic Modeling Lab. She teaches classes in GIS and research methods and has served as the faculty director for Penn's Master of Urban Spatial Analytics program. Her research focuses on geographic disparities in housing and health, including historical mortgage redlining, food access, and childhood obesity.

Doug Weibe, PhD
Dr. Wiebe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include environmental risk factors for injury, youth violence and intimate partner violence, alcohol use and alcohol availability, and the impact of daily routines on health-related behavior. A number of his studies examine how keeping a firearm at home relates to homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings of household members. He also leads an NIH-funded study on how the nature and location of adolescents' daily activities relate to the liklihood they will be assaulted. 

This institute is co-sponsored by:

Penn Cartographic Modeling Lab
Penn Cartographic Modeling Lab

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Please note that attendance is limited to 20 participants.

For more information please contact Wendy Voet or Lauren Hallden-Abberton