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Edward Mensah 


 Edward K. Mensah 
Program Co-Director, Public Health Geographic Information Systems 
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Administration

Academic Background

  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Economics, Iowa State University of Science and Technology
  • M.Phil, Agricultural Economics (Operations Research), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • BSc, University of Ghana

Professional Honors and Affiliations

  • Chairperson of the Educational and Research Committee of the Health Informatics and Information Technology Section,American Public Health Association
  • Health Information Exchange Advisory Board (State of Illinois)
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Economic Association


  • Computer Assisted Information Systems for Ambulatory Cervical Cancer Screening and Follow-up Treatment" Journal of Health Information Management Research, 2:27-41
  •  Reimbursement Optimization and the Quality of Multihospital Discharge Databases Topics in Health Information Management, vol 16, no 3
  • Geographical Information Systems in Public Health and Medicine,Journal of medical systems vol.28 no.3

Michael Calias 


Michael Cailas
Program Co-Director, Public Health Geographic Information Systems
Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences


Academic Background

  • PhD, Environment Engineering, McGill University, 1991
  • MS, Hydraulic Engineering, National Polytechnic University of Athens 

Professional Interests

  • Environmental risk management
  • Data mining
  • Geostatistics
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Water quality monitoring network design
  • Development of Web-based courses and programs

Expert Panel

 John Canar

John Canar


John Canar received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health. He is currently employed as an environmental scientist at the U.S. EPA's Superfund Division. In that division, he is a member of the technical team, FIELDS Group.

As a member of the FIELDS Group, he creates sampling designs, collects data and performs GIS and statistical analysis. Sample designs are designed to meet the projects goals (e.g., spatial extent of contamination, determine if an area is above a threshold value). These designs are implemented and the data are collected and analyzed.

Collected data such as metal levels and radiation levels are spatially and statistically analyzed in order to support site decision-making. The analysis performed includes geostatistics, spatial analysis (e.g., interpolation), regression analysis and various other parametric and non-parametric statistical methods. The results of these analyses include determining the extent of contamination, estimation of volume and mass of contaminated material and creation of remediation (cleanup) scenarios.

In order to facilitate these analyses, he has participated in the development of the FIELDS Tools for ArcGIS that allows users to create sample designs, import and query contaminate data, perform interpolations, estimate mass/volume of contaminated material and generate remediation scenarios. These tools are available at: Additionally, he has helped in the creation and testing of a stand-alone GIS software, RAT, that integrates many of the modules in the FIELDS Tools into a software that populates a database with field data (e.g., Radiation meters, XRFs) and GPS data. These two data streams are viewed in real time. The software is available at:

Jeff Shabani 

Jeff Shabani

Jeff Shabani is a financial analyst with over 15 years of experience in large, multi-national corporations in industries that include investment banking, re-insurance, business consulting, commercial real estate, and pharmaceuticals. His work has focused on the development of database tools that manage employee compensation, analyze movements in labor markets, and forecast financial trends.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bradley University and a masters in industrial/organizational development from Roosevelt University. He is a Certified Compensation Professional.

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