Introduction To Geographic Information Systems In Public Health / Edition 1

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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.
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Written for public health students and officials, this text introduces the basic aspects of geographic system (GIS) technology. It uses examples drawn from public health practice to illustrate the potential of the technology and considers its limitations. The connections between GIS technology and public health management and practice are emphasized, with particular attention to the changing roles of public health officials. Melnick is the director of joint residency in family medicine, public health, and preventive medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834218789
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/4/2002
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 11.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 GIS Data Acquisition and Storage 9
Ch. 3 GIS Data Transformation: Making Maps 45
Ch. 4 Public Health GIS Applications: Environmental Health 65
Ch. 5 Public Health GIS Applications: Communicable-Disease Prevention and Control 105
Ch. 6 Public Health GIS Applications: Injuries 133
Ch. 7 Public Health GIS Applications: Chronic Disease Prevention 149
Ch. 8 Public Health GIS Applications: Community Health Assessment and Planning 193
Ch. 9 Limitations of GIS: Lessons Learned and Challenges 219
Ch. 10 Getting Started with GIS: Hardware, Operating Systems, and Software 227
Ch. 11 The Future of GIS and the Role of Public Health Officials 241
Appendix A - Glossary 269
Table of Sources 279
Index 297
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