EPIDEMIOLOGIC APPLICATIONS OF GIS Syllabus
Contact InformationFacultyCarlos Castillo-SalgadoTA. Manuel Vidaurre, B.A., MCSc.Gloria Perez, MD, MPH
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Integrate the basic epidemiological concepts with the tools of GIS;
- Carry out basic epidemiological and spatial queries from maps and tables;
- Use of Web Mapping/GIS Apps, the SIGEpi and TargetMap softwares as GIS tools for producing and editing health thematic maps, tables and graphs;
- Apply the tools of GIS in mapping epidemiological risk factors, accessibility of health services and to recognize uses of GIS in surveillance of priority diseases;
This introductory course presents the methods and uses of epidemiology towards the development and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in public health. Special topics include epidemiological risk assessment and GIS, GIS application for accessibility of health services and public health surveillance. A basic knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics and the use of spreadsheets and tabulations are pre-requisites for this course. Hands-on experience and laboratory exercises using public domain (TargetMap) and ESRI component based software (SIGEpi) will be utilized in the course, requiring students to bring a laptop to class (Windows XP or better).
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Methods of Assessment
Final course grades will be based on the results of two laboratories and class participation with counting 40% each of the two laboratories (80 %) and 20% of class participation.
Basic knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics and of use of spreadsheets and tabulations. Students required bringing their Laptops (Windows XP or better) to the course.
Geographic Information Systems in Health: Basic Concepts. Pan American Health Organization. 2000. Washington, DC.
Electronic copy of the book will be available to all students. Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Glossary of terms.
Additional readings will be listed in the specific sessions.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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