Information Visualization

The information visualization assignment asked students to explore the ways in which data becomes information and, further, the ways in which that information shifts its meaning depending on its context and presentation. From open source tools like ManyEyes to complex scientific simulations, the visual display of information has expanded exponentially in the last decade. The growing “data deluge” brought about by emergent technologies necessitates critical engagement with information visualization and this critical engagement includes both interpretation and rendering of data in visual formats. For this assignment, students chose a health related data set, and then visualized the data in four creative ways.

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Improved Sanitation

Alice Hall-Partyka The dataset used my visualizations is from the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. The data chosen for the visualizations is the percentage of populations with access to improved sanitation, by country and by WHO region, based on data from 2008. I used the map feature on Many Eyes to … Continue reading Improved Sanitation

Health Expenditure Per Capita

Brittney Stewart Choosing which graph to use depends on which conclusive outcomes you are trying to reach. For all of my visualizations I have chosen the same data set which contained numerous information. Too put all of the information onto one graph would make the information more difficult to understand. So from this one data … Continue reading Health Expenditure Per Capita

Hypertension and Smoking

Divya Ayyala Smoking has well been established as a major risk factor of cardiovascular disease and is one of the most avoidable causes of cardiovascular mortality. Inhalation of tobacco increases activity of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) that will, in turn, increase heat oxygen consumption that will consequently increase blood pressure and heart. Therefore, … Continue reading Hypertension and Smoking

Mortality Rates Due To Noncommunicable Diseases

Erica Patel Background: Non-communicable diseases are an extremely important and pressing issue in global health today. Unlike many infectious diseases, which are mainly found among impoverished populations, the distribution of chronic diseases cut across socioeconomic levels and are prevalent in both developing and developed countries. This category of disease is extremely difficult to treat because … Continue reading Mortality Rates Due To Noncommunicable Diseases

Children Under 15 Years of Age Living with HIV / AIDS Globally

Faatima Seedat In the field of global health, statistics and numbers are extremely important in order to provide evidence to back up research and correctly convey a message to the appropriate audience. Depending on how the information is presented, it can relay different meanings tailored to specific audiences. Therefore, control over color, layout, and overall … Continue reading Children Under 15 Years of Age Living with HIV / AIDS Globally

Access to Water Sanitation

Ibifuro Ogbanga Worldwide Improved Water Source (% of Population With Access) 1990 76.78% 1995 79.57% 2000 82.56% 2005 85.35% 2008 86.82% Data from World Bank, World Development Indicators The focus of my project is worldwide access to water sanitation. I found a very simplified, easily interpreted data set so that there would be no intial confusion. … Continue reading Access to Water Sanitation

Deaths From Diarrheal Diseases

Jessica Blakely Diarrheal Deaths in Children 1-59 months old per 1000 Births in 2008 and Total Deaths of Children aged 1-59 months old from Diarrheal Diseases in 2008 are represented in the following four visualizations. Both of these data sets are found on When both data sets are shown, the difference between the two … Continue reading Deaths From Diarrheal Diseases

Global Road Traffic Deaths

Katherine Panich Many issues readily spring to mind upon hearing the term “global health”: starving children in low income countries, alarming increases of childhood obesity around the world, and contaminated, disease ridden drinking water to name a few. Traffic injuries and fatalities are not amongst these topics. Often overlooked, road related accidents are becoming ever more prevalent and lethal … Continue reading Global Road Traffic Deaths

Google Search

Mannat Saini In this project I have aggregated four different ways to illustrate data provided by Google’s public domain. Google has taken data from over twenty countries and recorded the frequency of certain search terms. Google then compared this data to that of traditional flu surveillance systems, i.e. the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in … Continue reading Google Search

Adolescent Fertility Rates

Melinda Marino The visualization of data allows it to come alive and be presented in a clear and effective way. The use of charts and various graphical methods allows us to easier understand data and what it is trying to say about greater overarching themes. I chose to explore the health relationship between adolescent fertility rates and … Continue reading Adolescent Fertility Rates

Maternal Mortality Ratios

Nina Gertsvolf Introduction: The Millennium Development Goals were established at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 in order to improve social and economic conditions in low-income countries throughout the world. They are unique in that they specify particular targets for achieving human development goals and reducing poverty, as opposed to previous goals that focused … Continue reading Maternal Mortality Ratios

Female Obesity

Solanda Lee I examined the prevalence of obesity globally of females. The data sets I used were from WHO Global Infobase where I gathered information of females who were 15-100 years old and with a BMI of 30 or greater. I used sites such as ManyEyes and Excel to create graphs that portray the data … Continue reading Female Obesity

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Naman Barman Autism spectrum disorder, a highly variable neurodevelopmental disorder, is rapidly becoming prevalent around the world. In a recent study conducted by Autism Speaks, it is estimated that approximately one in every 110 children are diagnosed with autism – with the rate of autism increasing at 10-17% every year. In this manner, autism has … Continue reading Autism Spectrum Disorder


Cindy Barrios In the end I decided to do the visualization project on Asthma. This is a topic close to home because as a kid I always had really bad Asthma but I’ve been lucky enough to have it much more controlled through medicine. Asthma affects 235 million worldwide and affects a variety of countries, … Continue reading Asthma

Access to Prenatal Care

Grant Dixon For this project I decided to use a data set from the World Development Indicators from the World Bank. The data set chosen indicates the percentage of women with access to pre-natal care. I thought this data would be an interesting case study for information visualization. It is able to display both the … Continue reading Access to Prenatal Care

Global Homicide

Melisa Dougherty Using Data gathered from the World Health Organization (WHO), I hoped to analyze global homicide not only from a geographical standpoint, but also from a gender perspective, comparing the rates of homicide of both genders in each country. From this, I not only hoed to discover information regarding different regions but also about … Continue reading Global Homicide

Expenditure on Public Health

Erika Hang My original plan was to compare expenditure of public health vs. life expectancy at birth of various different countries. However, I found it very difficult to visualize that data in an understandable way. I decided that it would be better to focus simply on “Expenditure on Public Health.” The data reveals how much … Continue reading Expenditure on Public Health


Sali Kharazi ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Introduction: When I returned to Los Angeles from my semester studying abroad in London… I was in the best shape of my life! With that, I soon realized that eating healthy in America is more of a challenge than driving quickly on the 405 during rush hour. In picking data sets to … Continue reading Globesity

Binge Drinking

Alisa Kim According to the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, binge drinking is very common among adults in the U.S. Not only is it common, but those who do binge drink were of a younger age and did so frequently and with high intensity. This report offers good data sets that can help address … Continue reading Binge Drinking


Allegra Tepper Picture depression. I imagine that what came to your mind is nothing like what came to mine. How could it be? Depression affects people (both first- and second-hand) in countless and perennial ways, something I’ve always known but was solidified in the course of this project. For my Information Visualization Project, I wanted … Continue reading Depression

Access to Food

Josh Woo First visualization:   This visualization is a column chart with images, with each image representing 3 million households. The challenge for this visualization, given the drastic numerical difference between the two data sets, was finding an appropriate scale that still accurately depicts the number of households for each category. Although the numerical change … Continue reading Access to Food

Medical Referrals

I began this project by finding a Pew Internet data set that revealed the way people use social media and peer to peer exchange to find medical information. I was startled to see the low percentages, given the knowledge I had of the general population’s use of internet and social media. I wanted to play … Continue reading Medical Referrals