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Center for Public Health Preparedness
University at Albany
School of Public Health
Rensselaer, NY 12144

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Event Detail

GIS & Public Health Day

April 19 , 2005

The Center for Public Health Preparedness is sponsoring a GIS and Public Health Day at the University at Albany School of Public Health. The purpose of this day is to give an overview of Geographic Information Systems and its use in Public Health. The GIS and Public Health Day will be held on April 19, 2005 and consist of a day of presentations. The morning session will focus on statistical applications of GIS. Epidemiological uses of GIS will be focused on in the afternoon session. This will be followed by a morning of classes on April 20, 2005 ranging from an introduction to EPIMAP to advanced topics using ArcView products.

Presentations by :

  • Gerard Rushton, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Martin Kulldorff, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Rogerson, PhD, University at Buffalo
  • Daniel Wartenberg, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Mary Ward, PhD, National Cancer Institute
  • John Nuckols, PhD, Colorado State University


8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00 am Keynote Speaker
Gerard Rushton, Ph.D.-University of Iowa
The Promise and the Challenges of Applying Geographic Information Systems in Public Health

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Martin Kulldorff Ph.D. - Harvard Medical School
Space-Time Scan Statistics for Disease Outbreak Detection Surveillance

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Peter Rogerson, Ph.D. - University at Buffalo
Statistical Tests for Spatial Clustering Using Case-Control Data

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dan Wartenberg, Ph.D.-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Population Mixing: A Possible Infectious Etiology for Childhood Leukemia Clusters

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mary Ward, Ph.D. - National Cancer Institute
Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Epidemiology Studies of Cancer: Pesticides, Nitrate, and Industrial Pollutants

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
J. R. Nuckols, Ph.D.- Colorado State University
Exposure Assessment for Environmental Epidemiology: Integrating Earth and Health Sciences

New York and Vermont Local and State Health Department Personnel: $10.00 All others: $50.00 (see below for a training announcement) Registration cost includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

University at Albany School of Public Health
George Education Center Auditorium
University at Albany East Campus, Routes 9 & 20 (near Interstate 787 & downtown Albany).

GIS & Public Health Day
GIS Training on Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Epi Map Training Session - 9AM to Noon
Epi Map is part of the free Epi Info software package distributed by the Centers for Disease Control. It has an 'ArcView Style' interface and is both a good introduction to GIS functions and a useful, low-level GIS tool. Epi Map training is intended for those with little or no experience in using GIS. A series of exercises will introduce you to Epi Map capabilities using sample data provided with Epi Info, plus New York State geographic and data files. The data files comprise both 2000 census and health-related data on births, deaths, and hospital discharges. Each attendee will be provided with a CD containing shapefiles of various levels of New York State geography (counties, Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptop computers to the class and follow along with the exercises.

NOTE: The latest version of Epi Info should be loaded on your laptop prior to the class. It can be obtained by clicking here.

Mike Zdeb,
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University at Albany School of Public Health


ArcView Training Session - 9AM to 11AM
A major purpose of GIS is to integrate layers of geographic data (e.g., census data and boundaries, streets, sources of environmental hazards, and features of land use) and analyze relationships between these layers. The functions involved in processing geographic data are basic to the GIS and important skills for the researcher. This training session will review geoprocessing functions in ArcView 3.2 and apply these functions to real public health questions. Some of the geoprocessing functions that will be applied are dissolving features based on an attribute, merging layers or themes, clipping one theme based on another, intersecting two themes, union of two themes, assigning data by location (spatial join), and spatial queries, such as buffer analyses. There will also be a review of cartographic procedures and how to best represent your results on a map. During the training session there will be time to ask specific questions about the implementation of GIS in public health practice.

Sue Grady,
Research Scientist
Center for Environmental Health
New York State Department of Health



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