Applying GIS Methods to Public Health Research at Harvard University

Journal of Map & Geography LibrariesJournal of Map & Geography Libraries, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2011

Jeffrey C. Blossom, Julia L. Finkelstein, Weihe Wendy Guan, and Bonnie Burns

“The Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard University supports research and teaching that relies on geographic information. This includes supporting geographic analysis for public health research at Harvard. This article reviews geographic concepts that apply to public health, pertinent data available in geographic format, and GIS analytical techniques. The work-flow methodology the CGA has developed for conducting research with geographic data will be presented, highlighting successful practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid.

Map illustrations as published in The Lancet, 376 (9756), Julio Frenk, Lincoln Chen, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, et al. Health professionals for a new century: Transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world. Pp. 1923–1957, ©2010, with permission from Elsevier.

“Applications of this work flow are illustrated through an in-depth discussion of specific case studies in public health research at the university.”