Courses Details

EPID521 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health Research

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh
  • Prerequisites: EPID600
  • 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.