New textbook trains next generation of healthcare professionals

New textbook trains next generation of healthcare professionals

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Redlands, California, September 12, 2006 —GIS Tutorial for Health, a new textbook from ESRI Press, focuses on how geographic information systems (GIS) can help tackle some of the world’s most pressing health care issues. With supplements such as CDs and ESRI trial software, the text trains health care students how to use GIS and gives them experience visualizing and analyzing health-related data.

Coauthors Kristen S. Kurland and Wilpen L. Gorr explain how data analysis and mapping technology can be applied in creating health care policies and plans. The exercises show students how to design maps to analyze cases such as patterns of food-borne disease outbreaks and child pedestrian injuries.

“[It’s] the most comprehensive manual on GIS in public health,” says Chris Chalmers, GIS coordinator at Nebraska health and human services. “Finally, GIS will have a battalion of qualified analysts for the future. This [book] is so well researched…that we plan to use it as our primary training manual for public health professionals throughout the state.”

Kurland is an associate teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and School of Architecture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gorr is a professor of public policy management information systems at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, where he teaches and researches GIS applications. They also coauthored the first book in the series, GIS Tutorial: Workbook for ArcView 9 (ISBN 1-58948-127-5, 374 pages, $69.95), an ESRI Press bestseller.

GIS Tutorial for Health (ISBN: 1-58948-148-8, 338 pages, $69.95) is the second in a series of tutorials that will provide hands-on experience in fields ranging from marketing to emergency response. The first chapter introduces ArcGIS 9 software and applies its tools to health care. In subsequent chapters, readers will design maps for a health study, investigate patterns of uninsured populations, and prepare spatial data to analyze environmental hazards.