Geographic Information Systems

  • Patrick HostertEmail author
  • Oliver Gruebner
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)


There is a wealth of publications expanding on geoinformation analysis in health sciences. Facing globalisation and the “urban millennium”, interdisciplinary research focusing on the interface between infectious disease epidemiology (IDE) and geoinformation analysis is gaining importance in this context (Kraas 2007; Martinez et al. 2008; UN-Habitat 2006). While it is not feasible to adequately cover the full range of conceptual frameworks and practical approaches in this chapter, we shall focus on the most common techniques and give examples illustrating the potential of geographic information systems (GIS) in IDE. Disease transmission is comprehensively covered in Part III. We hence focus on the relevant methodological issues, being well aware of the fact that an in-depth knowledge on disease transmission is mandatory for effective spatial modelling.


Global Position System Geographic Information System Geographic Information System Transmission Pathway Spatial Decision Support System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geography Department Geomatics LabHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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