Event Name

Geomedicine: The Fundamentals of Health and Place
Friday, June 1, 2018    9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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$75.00 Regular Registration (ends May 15, 2018)

$85.00 Late Registration (May 16 - May 30, 2018)


Course Description

A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. The system is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data and textual data that have been spatially referenced. The collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of spatially-referenced health data require the use of GIS, and when used optimally, GIS becomes a powerful information management tool for analysis and decision-making across the biomedical research and healthcare continuum.

Who Should Attend

Designed specifically for healthcare professionals, with primary roles in clinical care and research, who have little to no training in geospatial analysis or geomedicine, the primary goal of this course is to provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to geomedicine and GIS applications in the healthcare field.

Course Objectives

The course is designed to reinforce Joseph Kerski working definition of spatial thinking as it applies to the healthcare field. That is, “identifying, analyzing, and understanding the location, scale, patterns, and trends of the geographic and temporal relationships among data, phenomena, and issues that relate to patient care and healthcare research. The course will introduce the key GIS concepts and principles that are essential to the practice of geomedicine, highlight the GIS-related technologies that are particularly useful for the healthcare industry, and provide the opportunity for attendees to engage in hands-on GIS activities. Throughout the course, various examples of how GIS is used in healthcare practice and health research will be presented and discussed.

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Date, Time & Location

Date & Time:
Friday, June 1, 2018 9:30am - 2:30pm


Baylor College of Medicine
1 Baylor Plaza
DeBakey Room M321 (3rd Floor)
Houston, Texas 77030

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Parking Information

The Texas Medical Center offers parking for visitors coming to the TMC campus.
Garage 4 located at 1499 Rosedale St, Houston, TX 77030 is the closest parking option.

Parking is $12.00/day. Please find TMC parking information by clicking here.

Continue north past the main fountain at 1 Baylor Plaza on Cullen Street. Once you've reached the intersection of Cullen and Ross Sterling, turn right into the entrance of Garage 4.
Push the green button at the entry to receive a SmartChip. Exit the parking garage at Ross Sterling Ave., and walk south along Cullen to the Baylor College of Medicine Alkek Building entrance.

Security/Check-in Procedure

Upon entering the Alkek Building, you will be greeted by BCM security.
Please bring your Government ID or another form of legal ID.
Advise security you are attending a course in M321. You will be issued a badge to wear during your time at BCM.
To the right of the security desk is a set of elevators for the DeBakey building. Take those elevators to the 3rd floor. You will find Classroom M321 off the elevators on the 3rd floor.

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Abiodun (Abi) Oluyomi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Health Services

Baylor College of Medicine

Instructor Bio

Linda Highfield, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Health Systems Research, Policy, and Practice, Department of Management, Policy & Community Health
Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

UTHealth School of Public Heath



Kai Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

UTHealth School of Public Heath

Instructor Bio


Laptop Requirements

Personal Laptop Computer Recommended

We recommend that you bring a laptop computer to the training to use for a short course exercise. You will complete the exercise by accessing Esri software and data in the cloud. We expect to use an internet browser (Chrome or Internet Explorer) for this exercise. If plug-ins are needed, you will be able to install them in real time. Both Mac and Windows operating systems will work. You can still take the course even if you do not have your laptop with you.

Continuing Education

Continuing Medical Education (CME): Determination of credit is pending.

Certificate of Attendance can be provided for all other public health professionals and attendees by request during online registration process.

Contact Us

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Continuing Education (CE) & Outreach Program

1200 Pressler St., RAS West, Ste. 1038
Houston, TX 77030

Michelle McDaniel - Continuing Education Coordinator (Mon-Fri)
Email: Michelle.R.McDaniel@uth.tmc.edu
Phone: 713-500-9447

Brenda Brown - Program
Coordinator (Tu-Th)
Phone: 713-500-9448

General CE Email: swcoeh.ce@uth.tmc.edu

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