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About Kristen S. Kurland
Kristen Kurland holds a joint faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture. Her focus at CMU includes technologies in the fields of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Kristen's teaching and research at CMU includes built environment, urban design, and health care issues. At the Heinz College Kristen teaches Infrastructure Planning to executive physicians in their Master of Medical Management program and Healthcare GIS in the Health Care Policy Management program. She also has a strong interest in distance education and has been teaching through this medium for many years. Kristen works closely with the School of Architecture's Urban Laboratory and Heinz School Policy students on urban sustainability issues.
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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.
Now, more than ever, professionals can benefit from the power of location data, maps, and analytics in healthcare.
Health professionals see the importance of the who, what, when, and where of data analytics. The “where” adds a crucial element because good healthcare begins locally and understanding the impacts of place leads to better health. Health professionals recognize the insights gained from visualizing and analyzing location data. Maps, dashboards, apps, and charts can serve as location analytic tools to quantify problems, make predictions, improve operations, assess infrastructure, and make better decisions overall.
GIS Jump Start for Health Professionals is a concise workbook that introduces location analytics available in geographic information systems (GIS) to health professionals, medical students, residents, fellows, nursing students, medical researchers, and others interested in health IT and informatics, health-care administration, and health policy. GIS Jump Start for Health Professionals provides hands-on tutorials that introduce the ArcGIS tools and shows how to use web-based data, storytelling apps, and much more. The book includes concepts and short video lectures to improve learning outcomes. Focused lessons get health professionals up and running quickly and experiencing first hand the value of location data, maps, and analytics.
Written by Kristen S. Kurland, an award-winning professor at Carnegie Mellon University and co-creator of the GIS Tutorial series, this book can be used as a short course or incorporated into another course. It is also valuable to self-learners who want location technology experience.
This workbook features lessons and structured exercises that cover mapping basics, including creating map layers, editing features, and using spatial data. The fifth edition is compatible with ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop. Exercise data is available for download. Instructor resources are available separately.