Population Health and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

PART OF: Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis

Course description

In this course, students will learn about:

  • the geographic nature of population and public health
  • how geographic data are incorporated into health research
  • key considerations in spatial analysis
  • the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to health research and population and public health

Throughout the course, students will gain hands-on experience working with a wide range of spatial data and analysis methods using ArcGIS.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the importance of the geographic nature of population health.
  • Explain basic concepts of spatial data as they apply to health data and population health applications.
  • Identify major uses of GIS in population health.
  • Use GIS to map health data.
  • Apply a number of spatial techniques to analyze health data.
  • Critically interpret spatial approaches and methodology in population health.

Prerequisites

Admission to the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis or permission of the Faculty Advisor.

Stand-alone

If space is available, you may take PHDA03 as a stand-alone course for professional development. Non-certificate students must meet the same prerequisites as certificate students.

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