GIS database specialist Kathryn Kulbicki helps healthcare researchers and professionals identify geographic hotspots for disease. Through a Global Positioning System (GPS), she gathers location data for air, water, and soil samples. She then feeds this information into Geographic Information System (GIS) software. This helps her map clusters of diseases, and also to look at factors such as age, gender, race, and socio-economic status of an affected population. She has researched arsenic concentrations in Washington, D.C. and the public health aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.
Kathryn Kulbicki received her Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Joseph’s University. Her love of travel led her to earn master’s degrees in Regional Planning and one in Geography from Westchester University in Westchester, PA. She has written an instruction manual for GPS, and her Master’s Thesis was on homicide patterns and socioeconomic characteristics in Philadelphia. Kathryn is currently a GIS database specialist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Among her current projects is an assessment of microbial and chemical impacts on New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
View Ms. Kulbicki’s PowerPoint about GIS, Spatial Statistics, and Environmental Health.
View an abstract of Ms. Kulbicki’s master’s thesis.