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Software and data sources for researchers using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for public health.
Scope

GIS is an important tool for analyzing Public Health issues. This guide highlights  software and data available to Boston College students in areas of public health.

GIS Support

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need help locating or using GIS data:

Barbara Mento
Email:barbara.mento@bc.edu
or
Constantin Andronache
Email: constantin.andronache@bc.edu

Supplemental Class Data
BC Demographic Data

Boston College owns several years of demographic data from our software vendor ESRI. This data includes selected Census data with geographic boundaries from the block level up to the national level. Additional data for roads, water and parks are also included. A select amount of international data can also be found. All data ArcGIS compatible.

Maps and Data 2004.
ESRI (BC Community Only)
Data Description

Maps and Data 2000. 
ESRI (BC Community Only)
Data Description*

Maps and Data 1998
ESRI (BC Community Only)
Data Description Link temporarily unavailable.

* Includes Individual state maps.

Class Data

Classes will use American FactFinder data from the Census department.

Additonal health data from the Massachusetts Department of Publich Health will also  be made available in class.  

See description:

MAassCHIP Data Description

Entity and Attribute Information

Attribute Name

Definition

TOWN

Town Name

AREA

LEN

GEOGRAPHY

Town name

HRTDCT_11

Circulatory: Coronary Heart Disease - Hospitalizations: Count 2011

HRTDSA_11

Circulatory: Coronary Heart Disease - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

DIABCT_11

Endocrine: Diabetes Mellitus - Hospitalizations: Count

DIABA_11

Endocrine: Diabetes Mellitus - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

MOTVCT_11

Injuries : Motor Vehicle Related - Hospitalizations: Count

MOTVA_11

Injuries : Motor Vehicle Related - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

ASTHMCT_11

Respiratory: Asthma - Hospitalizations: Count

ASTHMA_11

Respiratory: Asthma - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

 

HRTDCT_07

Circulatory: Coronary Heart Disease - Hospitalizations: Count 2007

HRTDSA_07

Circulatory: Coronary Heart Disease - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

DIABCT_07

Endocrine: Diabetes Mellitus - Hospitalizations: Count

DIABA_07

Endocrine: Diabetes Mellitus - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

MOTVCT_07

Injuries : Motor Vehicle Related - Hospitalizations: Count

MOTVA_07

Injuries : Motor Vehicle Related - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

ASTHMCT_07

Respiratory: Asthma - Hospitalizations: Count

ASTHMA_07

Respiratory: Asthma - Hospitalizations: Age Adjusted Rate Per 100000

2011 2007 data from Massachusetts Community Health Information Profile (MassCHIP)

Subject Guide
Barbara Mento
Contact:
O'Neill 313

617-552-3354