Health & Well-Being

How Spatial Sciences Connect Health and Place over the Life Course

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The MESH (Medicine, Engineering, Science and Humanities) Academy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC hosts a virtual conversation with John P. Wilson. professor of spatial sciences and sociology at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and founding director of the Spatial Sciences Institute. In this seminar, Wilson discusses research on spatial information, methods and data, social determinants of health, and geodesign and health.

Who Will Benefit

– Those hoping to learn more about social determinants of health (SDOH) and how they affect our life course
– Researchers seeking to create places that support healthy and meaningful lives
– Those looking to explore the spatial aspects of health and illness

About Our Featured Faculty

John P. Wilson, PhD, is professor of spatial sciences and sociology at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He is also founding director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. He holds adjunct appointments as professor in the USC School of Architecture, the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

His research focuses on the modeling of environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS software tools, fieldwork, spatial analysis techniques and computer models. He has published numerous books and articles on these topics, including two edited volumes, Terrain Analysis: Principles and Applications (John Wiley and Sons, 2000) and the Handbook of Geographic Information Science (Blackwell Publishers, 2007), and Environmental Applications of Digital Terrain Modeling (John Wiley and Sons, 2018).

Much of this work is collaborative and cross-disciplinary with the goal of improving knowledge and understanding of the factors linking society, the environment and human health. Prior to establishing the Spatial Sciences Institute, Wilson served as Chair of the Department of Geography at USC, and was professor of geography in the Department of Earth Sciences, adjunct professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, and director of the Geographic Information and Analysis Center at Montana State University.