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Syllabus Disease and the Environment Geography 532 Instructor: Dr. Paul Marr Phone: 477-1656 Office: Shearer Hall 110 Email: [email protected] Web Page: http://webspace.ship.edu/pgmarr/ Text : GIS and Public Health , by Ellen Cromley and Sara McLafferty Course Objectives This course is designed to give the student insight into the use of a geographical approach to assessing health and environmental risks. The spatial expression of environmental risk is an important tool for studying community health, but effective utilization of this tool is often hampered by its observational nature. In this course we will utilize analytical geographical methods to examine real-world public health issues. Upon completion of this course students will: 1. Use advanced geographical analysis methods to examine health data. 2. Understand the interactions among the environment, public health, and public policy. 3. Become familiar with the problems of spatial techniques and methods use to overcome these problems. 4. Perform scientifically rigorous analysis. Course Outline Pages Exercises Week 1 Introduction 1-37 Week 2 Rates, Modifiable Units, Spatial Data 38-66 1, 2 Week 3 Public health data, Direct age adjustment 67-97 3, 4 Week 4 Data organization (GIS lab) A, B, C* Week 5 Mapping health data, Indirect age adjustment 98-129 5, 6 Week 6 Environmental hazards, Contingency analysis 158-187 7 Week 7 Chi 2 mapping D, E, F* 8 Week 8 Midterm Week 9 Normal probabilities 210-232 9, 10 Week 10 Diffusion, Poisson probabilities 188-209 12 Week 11 Cluster Analysis 130-157 13 Week 12 Poisson mapping G, H, I* 14 Week 13 Seasonality 15, 16 Week 14 Geographic centers 17 Week 15 Bench model: Disease analysis
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