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Spatial Analysis for Public Health

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Timothy Shields



Introduces the field of spatial analysis for public health. Examines concepts through the use of ArcGIS Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying public health related spatial data. Covers GIS topics including mapping, geocoding, and manipulations related to data structures and topology. Introduces the spatial science paradigm: Spatial Data, GIS, and Spatial Statistics and uses selected case studies to demonstrate concepts along the paradigm. Focuses on using GIS to generate and refine hypotheses about public health related spatial data in preparation for follow up analyses.

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 of address information to both the spatial point and area level resolution
  3. Create and critique maps appropriate for addressing public health related objectives
  4. Identify the key differences between a GIS spatial analysis and a spatial statistical analysis as it is referenced in the spatial science paradigm
Methods of Assessment:

Quiz (8 total): 5%, Assignment 1: 5%, Assignment 2: 20%,
Assignment 3: 20%, Assignment 4: 20%, Final Project: 25%
and Participation: 5%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students enrolled in MAS and Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

ArcGIS required software (one-year free license provided to JHSPH students) is made for the PC platform; MAC users will need to install a windows operating system to run ArcGIS.