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In late April, the USF College of Public Health hosted GIS Student Poster Session III.

A multidisciplinary field in which computer hardware and the software industry collaborate to create effective spatial mapping tools, GIS is used by many organizations, public agencies and researchers to geographically visualize different types of data. The tool is commonly used by urban planners, transportation departments and epidemiologists.

Students learn to use GIS technology in HSC 4933: Introduction to Public Health Geographic Information Systems and are challenged to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they acquired in GIS-themed poster competitions like the one held in April.

 

Public health undergraduate Gladys Munoz presents to a fellow student.

Public health undergraduate Gladys Munoz presents to a fellow student.

 

“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,” said Semiha Caliskan, MSc, an adjunct instructor in the Department of Global Health and coordinator of the poster session.

The winning poster presenters are pictured with GIS instructors: (l,r) Semiha Caliskan, MSc, adjunct instructor Trinadh Dontamsetti, Jennifer Stenback, DeAnne Turner, Robert Novak, PhD, professor of global health, and Benjamin Jacobs, PhD, research assistant professor

The winning poster presenters are pictured with GIS instructors (from left): Semiha Caliskan, MSc, adjunct instructor of global health, Trinadh Dontamsett, Jennifer Stenback, DeAnne Turner, Robert Novak, PhD, professor of global health, and Benjamin Jacobs, PhD, research assistant professor.

 

“The event was a great success with a record number of student poster entries,” Caliskan said.  “Countless faculty, staff and students stopped by to show their support of the event.”

HSC 4933/ PHC 5933: Introduction to Public Health Geographic Information Systems is offered online every spring and fall and on-campus during the summer. Click here to learn more about academic offerings in GIS and global health.

 

Dr. Jeffery Luvall, with NASA –NSSTC Global Hydrology and Climate Center, was the guest speaker for GIS Student Poster Session III. He visited with Dr. Haofei Yu, PhD, after the presentation.

Dr. Jeffery Luvall, with NASA –NSSTC Global Hydrology and Climate Center, was the guest speaker for GIS Student Poster Session III. He visits with Dr. Haofei Yu, PhD, after the presentation.

 

Story by Semiha Caliskan. Photos by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health

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