Description: This course is a practical guide for how to use GIS in your work as a public health professional and will provide an understanding for why incorporating geography into study design is critical to the translation of research findings into effective health policy.
Course Goals: Students learn to:
-Articulate the relationship between various geographies, community stakeholders and their relevance to study design and translational research
-Describe the basic structure of spatial data
-Identify and use available sources of GIS data
-Gain an introductory comprehension of GIS data management, mapping and analysis
-Gain proficiency with using ESRI's ArcGIS
-Effectively use GIS products to communicate with stakeholders and translate research findings into health policy recommendations.
Competencies: Foundational Competencies: Policy in Public Health (Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes); Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health (Analyze quantitative and Qualitative data using biostatistics, Informatics, Computer-based programming and software, as appropriate).
Learning Objectives: Foundational Learning Objective: Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.