2018 Summer Institute on GIS and Public Health

Date: June 13-15, 2018

Location: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Lecture: Fagin Hall (Room TBA) 

Lab: UDAL Lab, 108 McNeil Building



Cost: 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:

Amory Hillengas, MUSA

Amory Hillengas works as a Geospatial Analyst for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

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.

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.

Eugenia South, MD, MSHP

Dr. South is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. South’s research focuses on how neighborhood context impacts health and safety in urban environments. She is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence chronic stress, cardiovascular and mental health, and violent crime. 

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.


Please note that lab attendance is limited to 22 participants. Registration is based on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information please contact Sara Solomon