Selected Links to Spatial Data and Resources

These are just a few links that I have found to be helpful. I have not attempted to create a detailed listing of all the links that might be useful to health researchers using GIS. If you would like to suggest additional links e-mail me at

Public Health & GIS
National Cancer Institute GIS for Cancer Prevention and Control
NCI Tools for ArcMap
The Geographic Information System for the Long Island Breast Cancer Study
GIS for Health & Human Services – ESRI
The Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project Monograph

Built Environment and Physical Activity
Active Living Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
GIS and Mapping Tools from Design for Health

General GIS
Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) – establishes standards for metadata
ET Spatial Techniques Source for ET GeoWizards a set of functions that can be used with ArcGIS.
Geographical Analysis published a series of articles highlighting developments in spatial analysis software for the social sciences (Volume 38, Issue 1, 2006, available electronically at Harvard). This issue was inspired by a 2002 workshop sponsored by The Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) at UC Santa Barbara.

Sources of Spatial Data
Census 2000 TIGER files
Harvard Map Collection
US National Atlas
US Geologic Survey Digital Data
Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access
The Boston Atlas

Health & Demographic Data
Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research
National Center for Health Statistics
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health MassCHIP

Mortality Maps
National Cancer Institute


HSPH Environmental Statistics Group Publications
The Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project

Last modified 9/7/2012.