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Division of Tropical Public Health- Laboratories and Resources

Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing Laboratory

There is a growing use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing in the field of public health, as well as a need for public health researchers to understand the capabilities of these systems. The Division of Tropical Public Health has a remote sensing and GIS lab located in Room A2060 for use by USUHS faculty and students for classes and research.

The lab contains the following hardware:

  • 8 Windows computers
  • A scanner
  • 2 color printers

Software on the machines includes:

  • ArcGIS
  • PCI's Geomatica
  • ENVI and IDL
  • Various statistical software packages

Courses in GIS and Remote Sensing:

  • PMO577 Introduction to GIS in Public Health (2 Quarter Hours)
  • PMO578 Remote Sensing Methods in Public Health (3 Quarter Hours)
  • PMO1008 Independent Study in GIS (1-12 Quarter Hours)

Example Student and Faculty Research using GIS and Remote Sensing:

  • Mosquito Habitats, Land Use, and Malaria Risk in Belize from Satellite Imagery
  • Spatial Correlations of Mapped Malaria Rates with Environmental Factors in Belize Central America
  • Use of IKONOS and Landsat for Malaria Control in the Republic of Korea
  • A Cost Comparison of Two Malaria Control Methods in Kyunggi Province, Republic of Korea, Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • The Relationship between Mosquito Abundance and Rice Field Density in the Republic of Korea
  • Modeling the Distribution of Culex tritaeniorhynchus to Predict Japanese Encephalitis in the Republic of Korea
  • Ecological Niche Model of Phlebotomus alexandri and P. papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) in the Middle East


The GIS lab is supported through a grant from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of GEIS Operations.

For more information, contact

PMB Contact

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799