Public Health and GIS

Synopsis
Understanding the human-environment interactions and their relations to  public health issues is extremely important for policy making aiming for remediate the issues at hands. Public Health is an focus area that has made increasing use of GIS to provide better understanding of the relations of environmental determinants and diseases and to integrate a variety of data for data quality control.

Recent development in geospatial information technology further extends the use of GIS to understand public health issue in life style and activity in urban settings by providing trajectory-based data. It not only provides a better presentation of the human behavior but also allows researchers to investigate how individuals move and interact with the city infrastructure.


Publication
Wang Y-C, Yuen R, Feng C-C, Sithithaworn P, and Kim I-K, forthcoming, Assessing the role of landscape connectivity on Opisthorchis viverrini transmission dynamics. Parasitology International

Wang Y-C, Ho R C Y, Feng C-C, Namsanor J, and Sithithaworn P, 2015, An Ecological Study of Bithynia snails, the first intermediate host of Opisthorchis viverrini in northeast Thailand. Acta Tropica,
141 Part B, 244-252

Wang Y-C, Feng C-C, and Sithithaworn P, 2013, Environmental Determinants of Opisthorchis viverrini Prevalence in Northeast Thailand. Geospatial Health, 8(1), 111-123 [link]

Wang Y-C, Feng C-C, Sithithaworn P, Feng Y, and Petney T N, 2011, How Do Snails Meet Fish? Landscape Perspective Needed to Study Parasite Prevalence, EcoHealth, 8(3), 258-260


Petney T N, Sithithawon P, Satrawaha R, Grundy-Warr C, Andres R, Wang Y-C, and Feng C-C, 2009, Potential Malaria Reemergence, Northeast Thailand, Emerging Infectious Disease, 15(8), 1330-1331

Mushinzimana E, Munga S, Minakawa N, Li L, Feng C-C, Bian L, Kitron U, Schmidt C, Beck L, Zhou G, Githeko A, and Yan G, 2006, Landscape Determinants and Remote Sensing of Anopheline Mosquito Larval Habitats in the Western Kenya Highlands, Malaria Journal, 5(13), http://www.malariajournal.com/content/5/1/13

(+1 paper under review)