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Health and Spatial Analysis


The Health and Spatial Analysis Branch uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other software to describe and analyze the spatial and temporal relationships that exist among diseases, mortality, births, environments and population characteristics within a public health context. The Health and Spatial Analysis Branch also develops and maintains the SCHS website and provides content for the SCHS Health Atlas. In addition, the Branch also provides web support for other sections in the Division of Public Health.


  • Responds to map requests from state and local public health agencies, organizations, universities and the public.
  • Supports SCHS research and publications with providing maps and other graphics.
  • Provides GIS and spatial analysis expertise to other state and local agencies and programs on long-term projects. Some examples include Central Cancer Registry, HIV/STD, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology and Women's and Children's Health.
  • Provide GIS technical support to other DHHS Divisions.
  • Develop and maintain the SCHS web site and provide support in website development for other DPH sections.

The following publication describes the concepts used in mapping morbidity and mortality rates and basics in interpreting these maps:

Statistical Primer 15 - Mapping Mortality and Morbidity Rates (373 KB PDF)

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