140.662.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Frank Curriero
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • conduct GIS spatial analysis by inputting, manipulating, querying, and displaying spatial data with use of the ArcGIS software
    • perform Geocoding and create appropriate maps for the different types of spatial data
    • identify the key differences between a GIS spatial analysis and a spatial statistical analysis
  • Course Description
    Examines the use of Arc View Geographic Information System (GIS) software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying public health­-related spatial data. Topics covered include mapping, geocoding, and manipulations related to data structures and topology. Uses selected case studies to demonstrate concepts. Focuses on using GIS to generate and refine hypotheses about public health­-related spatial data in reparation for a formal statistical analysis. Although spatial statistical modeling is not a required part of the curriculum, related topics are discussed throughout. Includes both lecture and lab formats with GIS concepts and software specific details demonstrated during the lab portions.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The course design includes both lecture and lab formats with GIS concepts and software specific details demonstrated during the lab portions.  The use of personal laptops to follow along is strongly encouraged.  A time restricted free version of the software is available to JHSPH students. 

  • Intended Audience
    Quantitatively-oriented students seeking instruction in spatial analysis and GIS
  • Methods of Assessment

    Method of student evaluation based on assignments and an exam

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Assignment 1 Due January 31 (15%)

    Assignment 2 Due Feb 14th (20%)

    Assignment 3 Due Feb 28th (20%)

    Assignment 4 Due Mar 7th (20%)

    Take Home Final Exam Due Mar 14th (25%)

  • Prerequisites
    140.611-612 or statistical equivalent
  • Optional Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook, for ArcGIS 10 by WL Gorr and KS Kurland.  ESRI Press, 2011.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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  • Contact Information

    Timothy Shields,
    Office: E3017

    Stacy Woods

    Ben Davis

    Joan Casey

    Kelly Searle

    Kerry Shannon



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