GIS Tutorial for Health for ArcGIS Desktop 10.8

GIS Tutorial for Health for ArcGIS Desktop 10.8

Kristen S. Kurland, Wilpen L. Gorr


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Knowing how technology can improve health research and health-care management applications has never been more important.

Geographic information systems (GIS) can provide health and human services professionals with the analysis and insights to make impactful, informed decisions about health-care, health policy, and public health. Doing so starts with learning ArcGIS, the popular professional GIS application from Esri, using GIS Tutorial for Health for ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.

A workbook for learning the basics of ArcGIS within a health context, GIS Tutorial for Health for ArcGIS Desktop 10.8 introduces readers to preparing, visualizing, and analyzing health data. Using a hands-on approach with real-world health-care scenarios that simulate how to develop and manage a GIS health project, the included exercises guide the reader to solve health problems using ArcGIS Desktop, specifically ArcMap.

Readers will learn:

  • the basics of mapmaking and how to use spatial and tabular data
  • how to design maps for a health study
  • how to apply spatial analysis tools for health studies
  • and more.

This sixth edition of GIS Tutorial for Health also includes updates for use with ArcGIS Desktop 10.8, an introduction to ArcGIS Online, and an international context using international health data.

Written by the authors of the popular GIS Tutorial series, GIS Tutorial for Health for ArcGIS Desktop 10.8 incorporates proven teaching methods in detailed exercises, "Your Turn" sections, and homework assignments. Suitable as both a computer lab textbook and for self-study, this book will give health management students and practitioners, healthcare managers, IT specialists, and researchers the understanding and skill set to apply GIS to your work in the health field.


Kristen S. Kurland:

Kristen S. Kurland is a Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy at the H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, where she teaches GIS, building information modeling, computer-aided design, 3D visualization, infrastructure management, and enterprise data analytics. 


Wilpen L. Gorr is emeritus professor of public policy and management information systems at the School of Public Policy and Management, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught and researched GIS applications. He was also chairman of the school’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management program and editor of the International Journal of Forecasting.