Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis Services

With support from the Columbia Population Research Center and the Mailman School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, the Built Environment Health Research Group (BEH) research group is providing GIS and spatial analyses consulting services for investigators developing new research projects.  For the development of new projects the services include:
  1. Consultation meetings with investigators to help them conceptualize research questions, familiarize them with geo-spatial/GIS research concepts, describe to them the available geo-spatial data, describe to them the statistical analysis methods developed for such research in New York City, and help them operationalize their definitions of neighborhoods and neighborhood characteristics.

  3. Consultations on developing a research plan for using neighborhood data.

  5. Development of Methods and Preliminary studies text and citations for grant applications. 

  7. Access to and analysis of geo-spatial data for preliminary studies.

  9. Availability of well published faculty and/or geographers to serve as collaborators on grant proposals to execute the research.

BEH GIS support to investigators developing projects that include GIS components has yielded two funded R01s, (R01 ES014400 PI: Matt Perzanowski and R01MH085132-01A2 PI: John Beard) and one Center project (P01 ES009600 PI: Frederica Perera). 

For existing funded projects where investigators would like GIS support or access to geo-spatial data, the BEH group provides expertise, data, and GIS analyses on a fee for service basis.

For more information please contact: Andrew Rundle, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, or James Quinn, Senior GIS Analyst, Institute for Economic Research and Policy (ISERP),

An example of GIS in action!