Maps for Health Metrics: An Epidemiology Resource Webliography




Maps have a long history of being used as sources to track disease outbreaks, link causes and effects of disease, combat misinformation, present ideas and improve patient care. This webliography is a compendium of thematic maps, including health metrics, risk factors, infectious diseases, cancers, chronic diseases, and psychiatric disorders. Maps were gathered after evaluating data for reliability and currency. These selective epidemiology resources may aid public health professionals, medical practitioners, researchers, and librarians, who serve an information-seeking clientele interested in health-related quality of life.


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Arias, E., Tejada-Vera, B., Ahmad, F., & Kochanek, K. D. (2021). Provisional life expectancy estimates for 2020. Vital Statistics Rapid Release, 15.

Ashraf, N., Kubat, R. C., Poplin, V., Adenis, A. A., Denning, D. W., Wright, L., McCotter, O., Schwartz, I. S., Jackson, B. R., Chiller, T., & Bahr, N. C. (2020). Re-drawing the maps for endemic mycoses. Mycopathologia, 185(5), 843–865.

Blauer, B. (2021). Filling in the map of COVID-19 demographic data. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Tips for creating maps for public health: Cartographic guidelines for public health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). HRQOL concepts.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021a). Human rabies.

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Drope, J. (2022, May 18)). Key takeaways from the launch of the Tobacco Atlas 7th edition. Vital Strategies and Tobacconomics, University of Illinois Chicago.

Field, K. (2020, February 25). Mapping coronavirus, responsibly. ArcGIS Blog.

Jarcho, S. (1945). Equal-area projections and the azimuthal equidistant projection in maps of disease. American Journal of Public Health and the Nation’s Health, 35(10),1005-1013.

Leonhardt, D. (2021, July 22). Life expectancy, falling. The New York Times.

Lissak, G. (2018). Adverse physiological and psychological effects of screen time on children and adolescents: Literature review and case study. Environmental Research, 164, 149-157.

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Roser, M., & Ritchie, H. (2019). Hunger and undernourishment. Our World in Data.

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Wallin, M. T., Culpepper, W. J., Nichols, E., Bhutta, Z. A., Gebrehiwot, T. T., Hay, S. I., Khalil, I. A., Krohn, K. J., Liang, X., Naghavi, M., Mokdad, A. H., Nixon, M. R., Reiner, R. C., Sartorius, B., Smith M., Topor-Madry, R., Werdecker, A., Vos, T., Feigin, V. L., & Murray, C. J. L. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of multiple sclerosis 1990-2016: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet Neurology, 18(3),269-285.

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DeBoer, R., & Aber, S. W. (2022). Maps for Health Metrics: An Epidemiology Resource Webliography. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (100).