GIS Tutorial for Health, an Essential Book for Students and Analysts Alike



This tutorial teaches students and public health professionals how to use GIS to analyze and manage data.


         Redlands, California—GIS Tutorial for Health, Fifth Edition, published by Esri Press, helps health professionals and students learn how to analyze data and solve problems using geographic information system (GIS) technology.

This edition has been fully updated for ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop software compatibility. To better support skill building and GIS analysis, the workbook features extended introductions to numerous tutorials and assignments addressing significant issues of health care and policy planning. Step-by-step exercises cover health map basics, data preparation for maps, and spatial analysis of health issues using GIS.

Authors Kristen S. Kurland and Wilpen L. Gorr comprise a well-known team that has written several GIS tutorials and reference books. Both are professors at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College.

In the preface to the book, the authors write, "GIS Tutorial for Health is a unique textbook for teaching GIS to health professionals, medical residents, nursing students, and students interested in health IT and informatics, health care administration, and health policy. After teaching GIS for over 20 years, we know that you, like our own students, will enjoy this subject and software."

Exercise data is available for download, as well as a free trial of ArcGIS for Desktop software and relevant extensions. This book is a valuable resource for course instruction—instructor resources are available separately—as well as personal use.

GIS Tutorial for Health, Fifth Edition (paperback, ISBN: 9781589483729, 460 pages, US$79.99), is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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