Health Geoinformatics

Center for Health Research

The Loma Linda University Health Geoinformatics Unit (LLUGIS) is dedicated to employing scientific information in combination with geospatial technology (Geographic Information Systems or GIS) for the investigation and improvement of public health, healthcare delivery, research and education.

Located within the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, the LLUGIS supports practice and research works in many areas to enhance the awareness and utilization of GIS.  More specifically, we have ongoing efforts in Research, Workforce Development, Education and Service.

LLUGIS is involved in, and central to, many ongoing research efforts at Loma Linda University and partner organizations to leverage the power of analytics and spatial representation in presenting and developing research areas in medicine, public health, and community interactions.  LLUGIS provides courses and applied learning to students seeking degrees in Public Health, Medicine, and other medical specialties, at the Loma Linda University.  The LLUGIS also works to enhance the existing healthcare and public health system by providing training to the workforce in these areas and to the Loma Linda System and other outside companies and organizations.  As Service is an integral part of the Loma Linda University mission, LLUGIS supports and participates in many ongoing Service projects in our local and regional community, within our own campus and beyond to international and nonprofit and service-focused organizations.


The LLUGIS is leading or involved with a wide variety of research projects from around the globe (or “OUS” Outside U.S.) and continues to develop a broad-based research initiative.  Some examples of research include:

The National Children’s Study

A collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIEHS, CDC and NICHHD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).  The study is following an estimated 105,000 children across the United States from birth to age 21 and tracking a wide variety of environmental and genetic factors to address such chronic disease states as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and autism.  Loma Linda University and Cal State San Bernardino have been selected as a study center and the LLUGIS is an integral part of data integration and analysis.


The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) and the City of San Bernardino have recently completed a comprehensive study of San Bernardino residents living near a major railyard facility and other significant transportation corridors.  The focus of the study is to assess possible health impacts due to air pollution exposure.  LLUGIS is leading the data analysis and spatial representation effort to enable residents and policy makers to more readily evaluate complex information for decision making.

Workforce Development

The LLUGIS has a rich history of providing ongoing training to the existing Public Health and Healthcare workforces in the geospatial tools and knowledge necessary to become competent and competitive members of the workforce.  LLUGIS also provides training and workshops in specific areas based on the needs of the organization and the demand.  Some examples are: GIS for Health Communities Workshop, HAZUS-MH Workshop looking at disaster preparedness and community resilience.




Community Action partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC)

Working with other existing partnerships and programs, the CAPSBC Food Bank works to provide donated food items to qualified hungry and needful individuals and families with the goal of helping them meet their nutritional needs.  San Bernardino County, one of the lowest enrollment counties in these types of programs, used maps generated by LLUGIS to determine the locations of Food Banks, Soup Kitchens and SBC County Transitional Assistance Departments (TADS). The goal was to determine locations and enhance access to the food resources offered by CAPSBC and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or CalFresh).

Contact us


phone: (909) 558-8072

Loma Linda University Campus Map

As a part of the Communities Maps Program, the Health Geoinformatics Lab in the LLU School of Public Health has created the Loma Linda University Health campus map, which was recently added to Esri’s topographic map. Comparing today’s web maps with maps from just a decade ago, we would quickly realize how much web mapping technology has advanced in such a short time. As consumers we recognize map products like Bing, Yahoo and Google.  However, Internet map services have many more capabilities beyond of those offered as consumer products, including, for example, the ability to add your own data, use existing government datasets, add satellite imagery, create cartographic representations and spatially analyze data contained in the map.  This allows local maps to be used along with the attractive cartography of the campus as background map.  This is available for everyone to use!  Click on the map to navigate to the LLU campus.