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Fazlay Faruque, PhD

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Dr. Fazlay Faruque is a professor of Preventive Medicine and the founding Director of GIS & Remote Sensing program at UMMC. In addition to his expertise in environmental health, he brings geospatial techniques to the health scientists to conduct spatial analysis for epidemiological and health care-related studies. He has been engaged in teaching and research in the areas of geospatial technology and environmental health for more than twenty five years. Dr. Faruque has provided leadership in his field at the national and international levels. Two workshops he conducted at UMMC in 2003 for NASA and CDC resulted in an MOU between these two federal agencies “to explore the application of Earth system science, technology, and data to environmental public health." 

Dr. Faruque is now serving as the Chair of the Inter-commission Working Group on Environment and Health of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for the term of 2016-2020. He was also the Chair of the Working Group on Health of ISPRS for the term of 2012-2016. Dr. Faruque is as book editor and also a guest editor for journals with special issues focusing on geospatial applications in health. 

His research interests revolve around different areas of population health including geographic health disparities, community assessment, environmental exposures, and community health improvements. He has secured more than $3.5 million for projects related to these areas by several funding agencies including NASA and NIH. 

Academic courses

Semester courses
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems- ID 701
  • Geographic Information Systems in Healthcare and Epidemiology- CHS 759
  • Environmental Health- ID 725
  • Intro to GIS for Public Health- N 320
Directed studies
  • Association of hospital visits with PM2.5 exposure
  • Geographic health disparities in health-care resources and disease burden
  • Clinically significant outdoor mold spore allergens
  • Geospatial real-time surveillance system
  • Asthma prevalence and incidence in Mississippi

Grant funding

 Title Sponsor Period
2nd ISPRS Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for HealthNASA07/2013-
12/2014
Identifying Gaps in Available Health Services and Resources within the Targeted Geographic RegionsDRI-MCMHD09/2011-
08/2012
A New Approach to Compute PM2.5 for Health Impact AnalysisNIH08/2011-
07/2013
Integration of GeoMedStat Daily Pollution Application and Health Data into DISCOVERSERRI04/2011-
03/2012
Identifying Gaps in Available Health Services and Resources within the Targeted Geographic RegionsDRI-MCMHD09/2010-08/2011
GIS-Based Study to Eliminate Health Disparities in MississippiMIGMH-OMH09/2009-
08/2010
GIS-Based Study to Eliminate Health Disparities in MississippiMIGMH-OMH02/2008-08/2009
Geocoding and Mapping of Mississippi Cancer RegistryMCR-
CDC
01/2010-06/2010
Geocoding and Mapping of Mississippi Cancer RegistryMCR-
CDC
01/2009-06/2009
Geocoding and Mapping of Mississippi Cancer RegistryMCR-
CDC
01/2008-06/2008
Geocoding and Mapping of Mississippi Cancer RegistryMCR-
CDC
01/2007-
06/2007
Development of Rapid Prototyping Capability (RPC) to Evaluate Potential Uses of NASA Research Products and Technologies to Estimate Distribution of Mold Spore Levels over Space and TimeMRC-NASA02/2007-08/2008
Geocoding and Mapping of Mississippi Cancer Registry, Year 2003MCR-
CDC
04/2006-06/2006
Integration of NASA Research Results to Enhance Decision Support Tool for Asthma Surveillance, Prediction and interventionMRC-NASA01/2006-
07/2007
Earth System Science and Technology for Medical Decision-MakingMRC-NASA09/2005-
09/2006
Feasibility of Developing a Secure Transmission System for Medical InformationNCBC-USDA07/2004-06/2005
Hyperspectral Imaging System for Analysis of Pap SmearsMDA-
EIGS
07/2004-
06/2005
Application of Remote Sensing Technology to Analyze Environmental Health HazardsEIGS-NASA06/2004-
08/2005
GIS Infrastructure Support: Lab Maintenance and Image Library CreationNASA02/2004-
01/2005
Electronic Surveillance Emergency Preparedness Control ProgramMSDH-CDC09/2003-08/2004
Public Health Application Technical Requirements WorkshopNASA

04/2003-
09/2004

GIS Infrastructure Support: Continuation of Research Activities in Medical DisciplinesNASA10/2002-
06/2003
GIS Infrastructure Support: Continuation of Research Activities in Medical DisciplinesNASA

07/2002-
09/2002

Total funding support (only as PI) - more than $3.6 million