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Epidemiologic Applications of GIS


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ayesha Khan

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


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 Objectives:

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

  1. Apply the concepts of GIS in public health surveillance and health situation analyses, including assessment of health needs and priorities
  2. Use the QGIS software as a GIS tool for producing and editing health thematic maps, tables and graphs
  3. Carry out queries for epidemiological analyses from maps and tables, using the basic aspects of the structured query language (SQL)
  4. Carry out basic spatial analyses of epidemiological information from different cartographic layers through different GIS tools and procedures
  5. Create and edit quality thematic maps for final presentation
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 99% Exam(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled. For further information, please see the Institute website