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Recommended Textbooks

  1. Khan OA, Skinner R (Editors). Geographic Information Systems and Health Applications. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, Inc. 2003 [ISBN 1-59140-042-2] (an e-book edition is also available)

Hard Cover; 350 pagesPublisher's Description

The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the health sector is an idea whose time has come. The current applications of GIS in health are diverse and extensive. The present GIS environment is heavily driven by technology and such an approach is indeed logical for the most part. However, the needs of less-developed countries in utilizing the concepts and technologies of mapping should not be neglected in the continuing evolution of GIS. Geographic Information Systems and Health Applications presents a sampling of the many applications utilizing GIS in the field of health. For additional information (Table of Contents | Book Excerpt | Preface | Authors' Bio) and to order this book, visit

  1. Lang L. GIS for Health Organisations. California: ESRI Press. 2000 [ISBN 1-879102-65-X] (with CD-ROM)

Publisher's Description

GIS for Health Organisations gives detailed and compelling answers to the difficult questions health care providers ask every day: Where is the disease coming from? How will it spread? Where is the nearest hospital? What is the fastest route for the ambulance? Where should we allocate our funding?

From conducting clinical field work in Kenya to constructing new hospitals in Sweden, health professionals use GIS (geographic information systems) to visualise and analyse geographic elements in every branch of health management. Even if you've never seen a GIS, or used one, you see its effects all around you: GIS already helps patients check into hospitals faster, speeds ambulances around rush-hour traffic, and shows managers where to build new clinics so that they'll serve the most people.

GIS for Health Organizations presents twelve case studies in which GIS is being used to:

  • Track the spread of infectious and environmentally caused diseases

  • Site new hospitals and clinics based on demand and demographic factors

  • Monitor toxic spills to protect the health of nearby residents

  • Map demand for future nursing home facilities

  • Market pharmaceuticals

Health management is a rapidly developing field, where even slight shifts in policy affect the health care we receive. In this book, you'll see how physicians, public health officials, insurance providers, hospitals, epidemiologists, researchers, and HMO executives use GIS to focus resources to meet the needs of those in their care.

The Bonus CD-ROM includes:

  • Desktop GIS Presentations: Learn what GIS is and how it works in six multimedia presentations; see and hear how ArcView GIS software performs basic GIS tasks

  • ArcView GIS Tutorial: Use the provided trial copy of ArcView GIS 3 to work through this tutorial using a variety of data

  1. Albert DP, Gesler WM and Levergood B. Spatial Analysis, GIS, and Remote Sensing Applications in the Health Sciences. Michigan: Ann Arbor Press. 2000 [ISBN 1-57504-101-4]

Tip: You may order the above books and browse related books (on Medical Geography, Epidemiology and GIS) at

Additional Web Links and Online Journals

Following are some useful health-related and general geomatics Web links to complement the specific links presented elsewhere in this course.

Health-Related Links

See also: Health Geomatics 'Resources' page for downloadable software, glossaries, papers, eBooks and tutorials.

General Geomatics Links


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