This introductory applied course will present the methods and uses of epidemiology towards the development and application of geographic information systems (GIS) in public health. Emphasis is made on the potential of GIS as an epidemiological analysis tool for describing the magnitude or priority health problems, identifying health determinants, and supporting health decision making.
Within the framework of core epidemiologic competencies, the specific topics will include thematic mapping of unmet health needs, public health surveillance, epidemiological risk assessment and GIS, and GIS applications for health services accessibility.
The course includes hands-on experiences and laboratory exercises using ESRI© and component-based software SIG-Epi©.
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Students should be familiar with the policies and procedures specified under Policy and Procedure Manual Student-01 (Academic Ethics), available on the school’s http://my.jhsph.edu portal.
The faculty, staff and students of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University have the shared responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds the law and respects the rights of others. Students enrolled in the School are subject to the Student Conduct Code (detailed in Policy and Procedure Manual Student-06) and assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner which upholds the law and respects the rights of others. They are responsible for maintaining the academic integrity of the institution and for preserving an environment conducive to the safe pursuit of the School's educational, research, and professional practice missions.
At the end of this course, participants should be able to do the following:
There are four lab assignments in this course: labs 1, 2, 3, and 4. You must submit labs 2 and 3. You need to complete lab 4, but submitting this lab is optional (extra 10 points).
Refer to the Online Library for individual readings (required and recommended) that correspond to specific lectures.
Your final grade is determined based upon the following percentages: