2012 Summer Institute on GIS and Public Health

Date: June 6-8, 2012

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

*For groups of 5 or more, discounted rates are available.
Please contact lahall@exchange.upenn.edu for more details.

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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:

Charlie Branas, PhD
Charles Branas is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and faculty co-director of the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory 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 spatial interactions. His studies have taken him to various places including the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, rural counties across the US and cities and small towns in Guatemala and other countries.

Dennis Culhane, PhD
Dr. Culhane is a social psychologist and Professor of Social Welfare Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty co-director of the Cartographic Modeling Lab. He is currently directing several collaborative efforts between the University and the City of Philadelphia to make administrative records more readily analyzable and sharable for policy analysis and planning purposes. These efforts involve the creation of interaective, web-based software applications, and the creation of an archived data system for tracking children through various school and social service programs. His research interests include studies of he housing and neighborhood factors associated with health and the neighborhood factors associated with child and youth development.

Amy Hillier, MSW PhD
Dr, Hillier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the Uage redlining, fooniversity 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 mortgd access, and childhood obesity.

Doug Weibe, PhD
Dr. Wiebe is an Assistant 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

Penn IUR

Please note that attendance is limited to 20 participants.

For more information please contact Wendy Voet or Lauren Hallden-Abberton