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2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/10/2014 - Wed 11/12/2014
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm

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Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

140.611-612 or statistical equivalent


Examines the use of Arc View Geographic Information System (GIS) software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying public health­-related spatial data. Topics covered include mapping, geocoding, and manipulations related to data structures and topology. Uses selected case studies to demonstrate concepts. Focuses on using GIS to generate and refine hypotheses about public health­-related spatial data in reparation for a formal statistical analysis. Although spatial statistical modeling is not a required part of the curriculum, related topics are discussed throughout. Includes both lecture and lab formats with GIS concepts and software specific details demonstrated during the lab portions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct GIS spatial analysis by inputting, manipulating, querying, and displaying spatial data with use of the ArcGIS software
  2. Perform Geocoding and create appropriate maps for the different types of spatial data
  3. Identify the key differences between a GIS spatial analysis and a spatial statistical analysis
Methods of Assessment:

Method of student evaluation based on assignments (class participation) and an exam

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHSPH students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer or Pam Davis in HPM to register for this section.

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Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

The use of personal laptops to follow along is strongly encouraged. A time restricted free version of the software is available with the required text. A limited number of laptops are available during class to be shared when needed.