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Department: Epidemiology
Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Ayesha Khan
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Presents the methods and uses of epidemiology towards the development and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in public health. Emphasizes the potential of GIS as an epidemiological analysis tool for describing the magnitude of priority health problems, identifying health determinants and supporting health decision-making. Specific topics include epidemiological risk assessment and GIS, thematic mapping of unmet health needs, malaria risk assessment and GIS application for identifying public health problems. Includes hands-on experience and laboratory exercises using public domain and ESRI software.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Apply the concepts of GIS in public health surveillance and health situation analyses, including assessment of health needs and priorities
Use the SIGEpi software as a GIS tool for producing and editing health thematic maps, tables and graphs
Carry out queries for epidemiological analyses from maps and tables, using the basic aspects of the structured query language (SQL)
Carry out basic spatial analyses of epidemiological information from different cartographic layers through different GIS tools and procedures
Create and edit quality thematic maps for final presentation

Methods of Assessment: exam
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/24/2013 - Fri 06/28/2013
  • Monday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Thursday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Friday 8:30 - 12:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Basic knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics and of use of spreadsheets and tabulations

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: A required GIS textbook is available in the on-line library. Students must bring a laptop to class. Should not be taken by students who completed 223.842 in winter 2001 or 340.881.11 in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Summer Institute.