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GIS for Public Health: Books

A guide to data, methods and other resources to GIS applications in Public Health

GIS Books in Public Health

This page connects the Morgan Community with books on GIS in Public Health.  


See also a comprehensive list of GIS books on introductory and applied topics available through Richardson Library.

Tutorials and Applications of GIS in Public Health

The following books are presently on order by Richardson Library. -bkf  (9/18/2018)

  • Cromley, Ellen K.; Sara L. McLafferty GIS and Public Health.  New York:  Guilford Press, 2011. 2nd Ed.
  • Maheswaran, Ravi.  GIS in Public Health Practice.  Boca Raton, CRC Press, 2004.
  • World Health Organization.  Putting People and Health Needs on the Map.  Geneva:  WHO, 2007.
  • Maantay, Juliana; Sara McLafferty Geospatial Analysis of Environmental Health.  New York:  Springer, 2011.
  • Stevenson, Mark; Kim B. Stevens.  Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology. Oxford:  University Press, 2008.
  • Kurland, Kristen. GIS Tutorial for Health.  New York:  ESRI Press, 2012

History of GIS in Public health

  • Snow, John. On the Mode of Communication of Cholera. London: John Churchill, 1859.

          Snow’s study of a cholera outbreak is regarded as the foundation of epidemiology through the refutation of the miasma theory of disease transmission, and as the antecedent of spatial statistics and  modern GIS.  This is the second edition of Snow’s work and contains  his famous “Cholera Map.”

Available HERE from the National library of Medicine

  • Johnson, Steve.  The Ghost Map:  The story of  London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic- and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World.  New York:  Riverhead Books,  2006.

          A retrospective account of Snow’s study and its legacy.                                                

  • Koch, Tom. Cartographies of Disease:  Maps, Mapping and Medicine.  New York:  ESRI Press, 2005.

          “[This book] is a comprehensive survey of the technology of mapping and its relationship to the battle against disease. This look at medical mapping advances the argument that maps are not merely representations of spatial realities but a way of thinking about relationships between viral and bacterial communities, human hosts, and the environments in which diseases flourish.” –from the publisher.

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