Population Health and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

PART OF: 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.

Minimum Registration Requirement

This course may be cancelled if the minimum enrollment requirement is not met by the registration deadline.

Our Students Say...

"This course is a rich and nuanced exploration of the interplay of spatial associations between population health and exposure to multiple risk factors including pathogen/toxin load, socio-economic influences and 'built environment' indices. Well-paced and supported 'labs' move from mapping skills and associated ethics to the use of spatial statistics in assessing distribution in populatin health. Required readings are current and wide-ranging. The final project provides a wonderful opportunity to use acquired tools to explore in depth a personal research project of interest.

I highly recommend this course to all in population health - from analysts and city planners to physicians and veterinarians. The power of GIS to put "place" into the population health equation is a powerful tool. This course illuminates this exceptionally." C. Rymes, D.V.M., M.Sc,. Amycus Environmental Inc.

To see what other students are saying about this course, please visit https://www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/testimonials/PHDA.

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