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GIS & Health Books

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GIS and Public Health (print) - Cromley & McLafferty
Call Number: MSL Reserves WB 700C945g 2012
Publication Date: 2012

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GIS Tutorial for Health (print) - Kurland & Gorr
Call Number: MSL Reserve: WA 18.2 K96g 2009; Evans Map/GIS: RA792 .G67 2009
Publication Date: 2009


Selected GIS Books in LibCat

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Getting to know ArcGIS desktop - [Timothy James] Ormsby ... [et al.].
Call Number: G70.212 .G489 2010
ISBN: 1589482603

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GIS tutorial 1 : basic workbook - Wilpen L. Gorr, Kristen S. Kurland.
Call Number: G70.212 .G742 2011
ISBN: 158948259X
Publication Date: 2011

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GIS tutorial 2 : spatial analysis workbook - David W. Allen
Call Number: G70.212 .A434 2011
ISBN: 1589482581
Publication Date: 2011

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GIS tutorial 3 : advanced workbook - David W. Allen, Jeffery M. Coffey
Call Number: G70.212 .A435 2011
ISBN: 1589482077
Publication Date: 2011

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Thinking about GIS : geographic information system planning for managers - Roger Tomlinson
ISBN: 1589482735
Publication Date: 2011
A book written by the 'Father of GIS'


What is GIS?

GIS stands for "Geographic Information Systems."

GIS: Geospatial Revolution (Geospatial Revolution, Penn State)
Watch videos about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.

What is GIS
2 min. video overview by Esri (business creating GIS software)

What is GIS - Brochure from Esri

A knowledge sharing platform that will enable users to share their knowledge with the community


GIS & Health Examples

GIS is being used to improve health practice and research. 

See examples:

Video: Bill Davenhall's TEDMED talk

Bill Davenhall's E-book: Geomedicine

Interactive Map your Health History

Collection of Food Desert Maps (Esri)

Video: Finding a Healthy Future (Geospatial Revolution, Penn State)


Training: Degrees, Continuing Education and Tutorials

Credit Courses offered at TAMU

TAMU offers many credit courses on GIS, GPS and remote sensing. General introductory GIS courses, advanced GIS, remote sensing, and special topics courses can be found in diverse academic departments across campus.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Spatial Sciences

Texas A&M, through the Department of Forestry Science (Spatial Science Laboratory) and the Department of Geography, offers a degree in spatial sciences that combines a solid background in spatial science and environmental studies. This degree provides students with an advanced knowledge of the spatial sciences, experience in interpretation of aerial photographs and satellite images, as well as a broad understanding of computer applications and database management. Through core coursework in spatial sciences and supporting courses students will learn to utilize the full potential of the spatial sciences in real-world problem solving. From real-time wildfire risk assessment, to crime analysis, the spatial sciences are fast becoming an integral part of modern resource management.

Undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Geography with GIS Option

Undergraduate students in Geography may select the option of Geographic Information Science.

Graduate Certificate Program

The certificate programs have been designed to meet the growing demand for qualified individuals. The Office of the President has approved these programs and they will appear on the official Texas A&M University transcript. These certificates are administered jointly through the Department of  Ecosystem Science and Management and Geography.

Graduate Degree Program

Research opportunities include a variety of topics such as GIS/RS data development, natural resources assessment, forestry inventory, forest biometrics, forest fire risk management and fuels mapping, urban and rural interface issues, flood modeling and damage assessment, environmental, weather, and water quantity and quality modeling.


Continuing Education & Non-credit Workshops

Spatial Sciences Laboratory

Offers workshops on the following topics: Geographic Information Systems, Introductory Global Positioning Systems, Introductory Remote Sensing, Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). Workshops are held at the Spatial Sciences laboratory at Texas A&M University. The lab is located in the Centeq Building in Research Park. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available

Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR)

The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) specializes in geospatial applications that support natural resource restoration and management.  IRNR conducts short courses in Geographic Information Systems at introductory and advanced levels.  Introductory courses are ESRI certified courses.  Courses can be taught on location or at the Centeq building in Research Park.  For more information, please contact Amy Snelgrove.

ESRI Virtual Campus

ESRI offers free online courses on GIS concepts and software techniques. Additionally, Texas A&M Software Center offers TAMU members the opportunity to take Esri fee-based online training courses at no charge. Please review the full list of available courses. You may also browse Esri training listings and discuss with Texas A&M Software Center about a course which is not listed. Faculty, staff and students may be eligible to take these free courses. This requires a free ESRI Global Account and the ArcGIS software.

Also, University Libraries at Texas A&M University hold many Esri Press books and workbooks.

Life & Health Sciences Librarian

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Arwen Meador, MLS
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