GIS and Geospatial Data

This guide provides information on GIS software, training/classes available at the University of Arizona, where to find geospatial data and interactive maps.    

For assistance with GIS software or finding geospatial data contact Chris Kollen or Ben Hickson in the Library.


Geospatial Data and Online Maps – GIS and Public Health –  GIS Software and Services



PolicyMap (UA only) – interactive mapping of over 15,000 US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels. Data can be presented as maps, tables, charts and reports. Results may be shared and exported.

Social Explorer (public access and UA) – provides maps and customized reports to current and historical census data and demographic information for the U.S. Also includes data from the 1980-2000 Religious Congregations and Membership Study. Data used in Social Explorer is available from the National Historic GIS to download.

Border Studies

Humane Borders – provides geographic information allowing users to query data concerning migrant deaths, view data using on-line maps and tables, and download data for further use. 

Rural Assistance Center (RAC) – offers a collection of Rural Border Health Maps that can be customized by using the free mapping tool at Community Commons (listed below in Other Resources). RAC also offers other health related maps found at


CDC GIS Web Applications – CDC-hosted GIS web resources for visualizing data. Subjects include: Environmental Health Analyst, Migrant Clinicians’ Network HEART, Reproductive Health, WONDER-GATHER Mapping Extension, as well as state and county level applications. 

CDC Chronic Disease GIS Exchange – forum for showcasing maps of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, diabetes, and asthma) as well as learning Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques and accessing a wide range of GIS-related resources.

CDC NCHHSTP Atlas – interactive tool for accessing HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis data collected by the Centers for Disease Control. Currently, the Atlas provides interactive maps, graphs, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends. The site also provides state profiles for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB that include statistics and descriptions of prevention and control programs supported by CDC and state public health officials.

Diabetes State Atlas – interactive tool to view maps and charts of diabetes data and trends at the state level. Features include 1) customizable maps and graphics; 2) an interactive application; and 3) downloadable maps, charts, and data tables.

Epi Info 7.1.4 – simple tools that allow rapid creation of data collection instruments and data analysis, visualization, and reporting using epidemiologic methods. Epi Map module displays geographic maps with data from Epi Info.


Enforcement & Compliance History Online – dynamic mapping of federal and state EPA data, enabling searches for air, water, hazardous waste, enforcement cases, and facilities data.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

GIS System map – was created from Indian Health Service data and publicly accessible data such as the National Atlas, U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S.G.S. Geographic Names Information System.


Global Health Atlas – from the World Health Organization, this atlas brings together standardized data and statistics for infectious diseases at the country, regional and global levels.

HealthMap - Global Disease Alert Map – brings together disparate data sources of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health.

Visualizing a Changing Region, Block by Block Map – this interactive map offers 2000-2010 race and ethnic population change at the neighborhood level for 15 metro areas.


USDA Food Environment Atlas – Provides data at state (few at county) level concerning food access, expenditures, and assistance.


Disease Maps – provides county level maps for the reported outbreaks of 8 diseases with a breakdown of reported cases by month at the state level. The diseases include West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis, Powassan Virus, and Dengue Fever.

Other resources

Community Commons – interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities movement.

Cancer Mortality Maps and Graphs -- cancer death rates during 1950-2004 for more than 40 cancers.

Flu Vaccination Map – mapping tool for researchers, providers, and health care workers to track flu vaccination claims rates of Medicare beneficiaries in real-time.

HealthLandscape – interactive web-based mapping tool that allows health professionals, policy makers, academic researchers, and planners to combine, analyze and display information in ways that promote better understanding of health and the forces that affect it. Data sets include regional criminal justice, education, healthcare, and demographic data. 

Justice Map – visualizes race and income data for US communities and counties.  

State Cancer Profiles – interactive graphics and maps provide visual support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts.The focus is on cancer sites for which there are evidence based control interventions. 

Tapestry Segmentation –residential areas divided into 65 segments based on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics.

TOXMAP – create maps using data from the U.S. EPA's Toxic Release Inventory. Search by chemical name or location. TOXMAP maps show where chemicals are released on-site into the air, water, and ground.

Last modified: January 8, 2016