2014 Summer Institute on GIS and Public Health

GISDate: June 4-6, 2014

Location: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

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

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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:

Amy Hillier, MSW PhD 

Dr. Hillier is an Associate 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.

Shimrit Keddem, MS

Shimrit Keddem, MS, is the manager of the Mixed Methods Research Lab providing managerial and technical support and expertise. She directs staff in data collection; consults with principal investigators on study methods; trains faculty, staff and trainees in qualitative analysis software; and oversees coding and analysis. Ms. Keddem has been managing and implementing healthcare and social science research in several academic settings and large hospitals for the past decade. She has participated in research on various health and social issues including access to prenatal care, cancer services, Alzheimer's disease, and injury prevention.

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




Please note that lab attendance is limited to 20 participants.

For more information please contact Lauren Hallden-Abberton