College hosts First Bi-annual Geographic Iinformation System (GIS) student poster competition
In late April, the USF College of Public Health hosted the first Bi-annual Student GIS Poster Competition.
Semiha Caliskan, a global health instructor, coordinated the event for students in HSC 4933— Introduction to Public Health Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As instructor for the course, she challenged her introductory level students to apply the knowledge and skills they acquired this semester in a GIS themed poster competition.
“The event was a great success with seven student poster entries,” said Ms. Caliskan. “Countless faculty, staff, and students stopped by to show their support of the event!”
Winning posters include:
1st place—Maria Giraldo Hernandez, “Pertussis Trends in Florida”
2nd place—William Velasquez, “Household Income and Minority Population Analysis of Tampa Bay for Future MedNet© Program Sites
3rd place—Gasline Guerrier, “HIV Prevalence and Awareness Among the Haitian Women Population”
Ms. Caliskan believes GIS is an innovate technology that can be applied to the entire healthcare industry—from hospitals and medical centers to health insurance organizations and research institutions to health departments.
“GIS technology provides endless opportunities to support decision making for the all healthcare professionals though spatial analysis and visualization of the healthcare data.”
Introduction to Public Health GIS is offered online every fall/spring (HSC 4933) and on-campus during the summer (HSC 4933/PHC 5933).
Semiha Caliskan is an adjunct instructor in the USF College of Public Health, Department of Global Health. She is a doctoral student in geography and environmental science.