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BenMAP Class

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We are now accepting registration for the dates in the table below. Currently, these training are all subject to cancellation if there is not enough interest. We need a minimum of 6 trainees per date. As classes become full, the status below will be changed to "Full."

Please note: We will now hold BenMAP trainings only once per year. If you are not able to attend that date, we may be able to arrange for a special training at your location, provided you have at least 5 potential trainees. If you are interested in another training date at your location, please contact CMAS Center support.

No classes currently scheduled. Check back soon!

About the Course

This 3-day training for the Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis (BenMAP) program consists of a 2-day introductory course followed by an advanced module on the third day for conducting local-scale analysis. The course will guide students through the process of estimating the human health benefits and economic benefits that result from changes in air quality. The course provides an overview of BenMAP with a focus on the steps involved in performing and interpreting a benefits analysis. The training is structured around the following six topics, and comprises both lectures and hands-on labs. Day 3 also includes an independent case study and discussion of synthesis questions.

  • Section 1: Overview of BenMAP
  • Section 2: Introduction to Mapping
  • Section 3: Introduction to One-step Analyses
  • Section 4: Introduction to Creating Grids
  • Section 5: Introduction to Health Incidence Estimation
  • Section 6: Introduction to Aggregation, Pooling and Valuation

For hands-on lab sessions with more than 8 people, 2 instructors will be present to help students work through the labs.

3-day BenMAP Course Agenda
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 (Advanced Module)
9:00 - 9:50 Section 1: BenMAP Overview 9:00 - 9:15 Review 9:00 - 9:15 Section 1: Introduction
9:50 - 10:00 Break 9:15 - 10:00 Section 5: Health Incidence Slides 9:15 - 10:00 Section 2: Air Quality Slides
10:00 - 12:00 Section 2: Mapping 10:00 - 10:15 Break 10:00 - 10:10 Break
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 10:15 - 12:30 Section 5: Health Incidence Lab 10:10 - 10:55 Section 2: Air Quality Lab
1:00 - 3:00 Section 3: One-step Analyses 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch 10:55 - 11:55 Section 3: Health Incidence Slides
3:00 - 3:15 Break 1:30 - 2:30 Section 6: APV Slides 11:55 - 1:00 Lunch
3:15 - 4:30 Section 4: Creating Grids 2:30 - 2:45 Break 1:00 - 2:15 Section 3: Health Incidence Lab
  2:45 - 4:45 Section 6: APV Lab 2:15 - 2:45 Section 4: Economic Analysis Slides
    2:45 - 2:55 Break
    2:55 - 4:25 Section 4: Independent Study
    4:25 - 4:55 Section 5: Conclusion


The standard cost of the training is $800 per person. There is a $200 discount for full-time students for a total cost of $600. The 3-day course includes the training materials – slides from lectures, step-by-step instructions for hands-on labs and answer key. Payment is accepted with check, credit card, or purchase order. Note that you are asked to make the payment or initiate the payment process (e.g. by providing the purchase order number) at the time of registration. We will send you a receipt by email to confirm the receipt of the registration and payment. If you find later that you are unable to attend to the class after registration, please be kind enough to let us know. Please see our Payment Info page for our refund policy. To pay by credit card, please register for the class on the CMAS site and then complete the credit card transaction.


Please use the online registration form to sign up for any of the training classes.


Because this introductory-level course is inherently interdisciplinary, all critical terminology and concepts will be explained. However, prior knowledge of either air quality modeling, health science, or economic valuation techniques is helpful for getting the most out of this course.

  • How to operate a windows-based PC. BenMAP is a MS Windows-based computer program, and students should be familiar with the core features of the Windows Operating System.
  • Air pollution and air quality modeling. Students will not perform air quality modeling, but they should understand the fundamental relationship between emissions and changes in air pollution.
  • Health effects of air pollution. Students do not need prior training in health science, but they should have a basic understanding of the relationship between air pollution and human health.
  • Economic valuation of health effects. Students do not need prior training in economic valuation techniques, but they should have a basic understanding that avoided health effects can be monetized.

Contact Information

For more information on the BenMAP training, please contact Brian Naess at 919-966-9925 or email