2015 Summer Institute on GIS and Public Health

GISDate: June 10-12, 2015

Location: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

  • Lecture: School of Nursing, Fagin Hall, Room 216
    418 Curie Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Lab: Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Room 114, Van Pelt Library
    3420 Walnut Street, Philadelpia, PA 19104

Full Institute - $850
Full Institute, Student Rate - $450 (with proof of student status)
Lectures Only (W-F, 9am-1pm) - $450
Lectures Only, Student Rate (W-F, 9am-1pm) - $225 (with proof of student status)



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.

Charles Branas, PhD

Charles Branas is a Professor of Epidemiology 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 place-based change. His studies have taken him to cities and small towns across the US and other countries. Dr. Branas has served on boards and offered scientific expertise for numerous groups including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council, the American Public Health Association, the South African Medical Research Council, and the Canadian National Research Council. His work has been cited by the US Supreme Court and Congress. He is a past President of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society, and affiliated faculty at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Jeremy Mennis, PhD

Dr. Jeremy Mennis is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.  He earned a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and is a certified GIS Professional.  He has served as chair of the Geographic Information Systems and Science Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and on the Boards of the Directors for both the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), where his is currently Chair of the Research Committee.  Jeremy has published over 70 articles and chapters and has received funding from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and National Science Foundation (NSF).  His teaching and research interests are in spatiotemporal data modeling and analysis, and GIS applications to environment, crime, and health.

Jonathan Sinker, MRP, GISP

Jonathan Sinker is a GIS Analyst at JMT Technology group. Before coming to JMT Jonathan was the Geospatial Analyst at the City of Philadelphia working on the Get Healthy Philly campaign. His work at the city involved using GIS to analyze obesity, tobacco, bike and pedestrian issues as well as creating data gathering application to assist in evaluation. The results were put into interactive web maps to help policy makers with decision making. 

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. 

Penn Cartographic Modeling Lab




Please note that lab attendance is limited to 17 participants.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Devietti.