The Application of Spatial Analysis Techniques to Epidemiologic Investigations

Des Moines, IA US
December 2, 2011

There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.


Target Audience

Des Moines University faculty, staff, and students.


  1. Reflect on the role of spatial analyses for public health/epidemiologic investigations.
  2. Describe some of the methods that are used for data gathering.
  3. Identify the types of spatial analyses techniques that are applicable to prevalence studies.
  4. Distinguish between descriptive and inferential spatial analyses techniques (spatial statistics).



Simon Geletta, Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor, Anatomy, Des Moines University

My current research includes the evaluation, design and analysis of health education disease prevention (HPDP) programs. I currently have several implementations of such evaluations. One is called the Iowa Healthy Link program and is jointly funded by the Area Agency on Aging and the National Coalition on Aging. Other projects that are in various stages of development include the analysis of infant mortality patterns and the incidence of sudden infant deaths, the investigation of ecological factors that impact a community’s health and the use of secondary health data for monitoring of population health. I am also involved with a study that investigates the relationships between environmental factors that may be contributing to the concentration of water contaminants.


Dr. Geletta indicated no relevant financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Continuing Education Credit

AOA:  Des Moines University and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 1.0 hour of AOA Category 2-A CME credits.
Other:  Attendees will receive 1.0 hour of continuing education contact hours.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/02/2011 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
12/02/2011 - 1:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC #115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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