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Spatial Analysis I: ArcGIS

East Baltimore
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Timothy Shields

ArcGIS is the gold standard tool for mapping topics within populations and thus critical to the design of population-based studies.

Examines the use of ArcGIS Geographic Information System (GIS) software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying public health-related spatial data. Covers mapping, geocoding, and manipulations related to data structures and topology. Introduces the spatial science paradigm: Spatial Data, GIS, and Spatial Statistics. Uses selected case studies to demonstrate concepts along this paradigm. Focuses on using GIS to generate and refine hypotheses about public health-related spatial data in preparation for a formal statistical analysis. Although not a required part of the curriculum, discusses topics related to spatial statistical modeling 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 kinds of spatial data
  3. Identify the key differences between a GIS spatial analysis and a spatial statistical analysis
Methods of Assessment:

Assignments 75%; take home exam 25%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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. A limited number of laptops are available during class to be shared when needed. Replaces course Spatial Analysis and GIS 1, 140.662. Do not take the course if you have completed 140.662.