Author

Todd Barr

Date of Award

7-31-2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Risk Terrain Mapping, outbreaks of influenza, epidemiological models, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Department

Geography

Abstract

Research on social media as an information source for emergency managers and epidemiologists is expanding at a rapid pace. When combined with the spatial predictive analysis methodology known as Risk Terrain Mapping and the capability of the local health agencies to response, the predictions of outbreaks and their affects can be modeled. This study attempts to create a spatial Risk Terrain Model outbreaks of influenza, and influenza like illnesses within the continental United States. The Risk Terrain Model will be built upon accepted epidemiological models form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Google’s Flu index and lastly the Robert Wood Johnson’s foundation study of the county level health agencies.

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