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RPM Papers

The following conference papers and articles on GIS In Public Health issues were presented by RPM partner Elio Spinello, MPH, Ed.D.

Problem-based learning in public health instruction: a pilot study of an online simulation as a problem-based learning approach.

From the Global Health Network, Epidemiology Supercourse Lecture on
Introduction to the Use of Geographic Information Systems in Public Health

A Public Health Information System
for Conducting Community Health Needs Assessment

Using GIS In Health Care: UCLA Medical Center Case Study

Using GIS to Analyze Geographic Patterns of Acute Myocardial Infarction In Los Angeles County

NHCS-CDC Newsletter

Download the Public Health GIS News & Information (May 2006 Issue) newsletter edited by Chuck Croner (now in Acrobat format).

You can also still download the November 2003, September 2003, July 2003, May 2003, March 2003, January 2003, November 2002, September 2002, July 2002, January 2002, November 2001, September 2001, July 2001, May 2001, March 2001, January 2001, November 2000, September 2000, July 2000, May 2000, March 2000, January 2000, July 1999, September 1999 and November, 1999 issues if you missed them.

Join The WHO List

HEALTH-GIS is an electronic forum sponsored by the World Health Organization for discussion about the use of geographical informations systems (GIS) as a decision support tool for health management. HEALTH GIS is opened to any interested parties. Subscribers can send questions, post information or comments regarding specific GIS and Health topics to the list. The use of both English and French is encouraged. To subscribe, send a message to with subscribe health-gis in the body of the message. The list is currently not as active as it could be and needs your participation.


Download RPM Public Health GIS Resources

Free Atlas GIS Zip Code Geocoder File - Public health professionals using Atlas GIS version 4.0 can download this updated centroid file that is part of the Atlas Geocoder 2000 CD. The centroid file will provide more accurate zip code level geocoding. The zip file contains the updated centroids and installation instructions.

Free access to the online Geocoding Course for Atlas GIS users. This online course teaches you how you can control Atlas' geocoding logic by modifying its various configuration files.

Download the 2000 Native Lands boundary file for the U.S. The boundaries are in SHP format and are extracted from the 2000 TIGER files.

WHO Resources

HealthMap is a joint WHO/UNICEF program promoting the use of GIS for disease control and public health in general.

GIS & Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

Guidelines For Analysis Of Rapid Epidemiological Mapping of Onchocerciasis (REMO) Data Using GIS

GIS & Leprosy

GIS & Malaria

Mali Public Health Atlas

Chuck Croner is also part of the research team who recently published an article in Public Health Reports called Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Mapping the Future, which is available along with other articles from Public Health Reports on the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project website


NCHS-CDC Resources



Public Health & Bioterrorism


The Northwest Institute for Public Health Practice Institute was held September 9 to 13 and focused on the theme of Bioterrorism and Emergency Public Health Preparedness. This integrated curriculum will orient practitioners to new skills and knowledge needed for bioterrorism and emergency response - skills applicable to most other areas of public health practice.

The Epidemiology Supercourse is part of the Global Health Network based at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. It is designed to provide an overview on epidemiology and the Internet for medical and health related students around the world. Included in the Supercourse are these excellent PowerPoint lectures that you can use:
A model response to bioterrorism by David Piposzar, MPH
Public health response to terrorism: bioterrorism by David Piposzar, MPH
Public health response to bioterrorism: preparedness by David Piposzar, MPH
Modeling Potential Responses to Smallpox as a Bioterrorist Weapon by Meltzer, Damon, LeDuc, and Millar

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