Using Geographic Information Science to Advance Health Equity and Environmental Justice
Hand of Geography Layout

Course Objective

  • To describe how geographic information science can be used to advance health equity and environmental justice.
  • To describe the environmental factors that lead to health disparities.
  • To list examples of how geographic information science has been used in health equity research.

Date: May 2, 2017

Andrew Maroko, PhD
Associate Director
Lehman College Urban GISc Lab
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

Environmental factors have an important impact on the health of communities. Public health professionals may use geographic information sciences (GIS) to assess the health of communities by analyzing exposure, or being subjected to negative factors such as pollution, as well as accessibility, or the ability to access positive factors such as green space and healthy food. In this webinar, Dr. Andrew Maroko discusses the process of geovisualization, hypothesis generation, data exploration, and communication and knowledge transfer in conducting environmental justice research. Dr. Maroko also describes various methods and technologies used to estimate exposure and accessibility, and provides examples of GIS in environmental justice/health equity projects in New York City and Glasgow, Scotland.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center