Health GIS and Area Studies

  • Hara, S. S


Area Study is an interdisciplinary science that combines many disciplines in order to understand a particular area comprehensively. Area Informatics is a new paradigm to integrate individual disciplines of area studies and to create new knowledge about areas using information science and engineering technologies. Individual health is a reflection of multiple factors of natural and socio-economical environments, and Area Informatics offers a potential paradigm to store, integrate and analyze various kinds of health information. This paper describes an overview of the application of Area Informatics to public health.