Description: GIS offer useful tools for collecting, mapping and analyzing health data. The course focuses on how to use GIS to understand the geography of health, health behaviors, and health disparities. Students will learn to use ESRI's ArcGIS for introductory data management, mapping and geographic data analysis.
Course Goals: The course teaches students how to use GIS to understand the geography of health, health behaviors, and health disparities. Student learn to:
•Articulate the role of GIS in public health
• Describe the basic structure of spatial data Identify and use available major sources of GIS health data
•Know the basics of managing GIS health data
•Gain an introductory comprehension of GIS data management, mapping and analysis
•Gain proficiency with using ESRI's ArcGIS
•Use GIS to understand and find solutions for public health problems
•Effectively use GIS products to communicate with stakeholders
Competencies: HBHE Competencies Addressed by This Course:
Competency 1: Describe the role and interaction of key determinants of health status from a social-ecological perspective (e.g. individual, family, organization, community, and society).
Competency 4: Apply basic principles of research and evaluation methodology relevant to understanding and modifying health status and health behavior from a social ecological perspective (e.g. individual, family, community, and society) within and across settings and countries with varying levels of economic resources.