Epidemiology and Geography

Principles, Methods and Tools of Spatial Analysis

Epidemiology and Geography

Marc Souris, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France

ISBN : 9781786303608

Publication Date : February 2019

Hardcover 280 pp

145.00 USD



Localization is involved everywhere in epidemiology: health phenomena often involve spatial relationships among individuals and risk factors related to geography and environment. Therefore, the use of localization in the analysis and comprehension of health phenomena is essential. This book describes the objectives, principles, methods and tools of spatial analysis and geographic information systems applied to the field of health, and more specifically to the study of the spatial distribution of disease and health–environment relationships. It is a practical introduction to spatial and spatio-temporal analysis for epidemiology and health geography, and takes an educational approach illustrated with real-world examples.

Epidemiology and Geography presents a complete and straightforward overview of the use of spatial analysis in epidemiology for students, public health professionals, epidemiologists, health geographers and specialists in health–environment studies.


1. Methodological Context.
2. Spatial Analysis of Health Phenomena: General Principles.
3. Spatial Data in Health.
4. Cartographic Representations and Synthesis Tools.
5. Spatial Distribution Analysis.
6. Spatial Analysis of Risk.
7. Space–time Analyses and Modeling.

About the authors/editors

Marc Souris is a Senior Researcher at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France. His work mainly concerns research, innovation, software and teaching within data science, particularly applied to geography and epidemiology. He is the lead developer of the SavGIS software package.