Brandman University Invites Esri Expert to Explain How Geospatial Analysts Can Help Protect Americans from COVID-19

Posted Apr 08, 2020

IRVINE, Calif. (April 8, 2020) – Brandman University looks forward to welcoming Dr. Este Geraghty, chief medical officer for Esri, to a webinar in which she will explain how geospatial analysis can help protect the public from infectious diseases like the new coronavirus.

The webinar, “Right Place, Right Time: Sharing the Value of GIS for COVID-19 Response” is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon PDT on May 5. Register here.

“GIS is an increasingly valuable field for people who want to learn how to use data for the betterment of their communities,” Chancellor Gary Brahm said. “I’m sure Dr. Geraghty’s webinar will inspire future leaders who will use this powerful technology to help us all live healthier lives.”

Esri is a leading developer of geographic information systems software, which enables users to organize and share data on maps. In the context of public health, GIS software can help analysts track the spread of infectious diseases such as the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Webinar viewers can expect to learn about how GIS analysts are using their skills to help stop the spread of COVID-19, other practical applications for the technology, and Geraghty's own career experiences.

This will be the second webinar Brandman will host in partnership with Women in GIS, a professional and social advocacy group. The previous webinar, “Women in GIS: Social Justice,” is archived here.

Brandman faculty incorporate GIS concepts in several programs. These include the Bachelor of Arts in Spatial Social Sciences and Master of GIS and Data Analytics degree programs. Geospatial learning is also part of the university’s Master of Public Administration program, the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics emphasis area within the Master of Business Administration program, and two certificate programs.


Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative programs and support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs. Brandman serves about 24,000 students, more than 14,000 of whom enroll in academic credit programs, at 25 physical campuses in California and Washington, as well as online. Brandman offers fully-online courses for students anywhere in the United States and for military personnel serving abroad. For additional information, visit the university’s website.


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Terri M. Carbaugh, Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs: [email protected]

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