What you'll learn
- Comprehend the intersection between GIS and Public Health
- Use Health data in a GIS
- Produce maps depicting Health data
- Apply multiple geospatial techniques
- Analyse Health data spatially
- Identify domains in which GIS and spatial analysis techniques can support decision-making in Public Health
- Address Health and research questions using GIS
- Visualise health data
- No prior knowledge of particular topics is required; this is an introductory course, therefore suitable for beginners.
- As for the technical requirements, you'll need a computer with an internet connection and web browse and permission to install the software (QGIS).
'Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Public Health - an open-source approach' is a self-paced online course packed with contents that will fast-track your learning journey in the GIS and public health domain.
This introductory GIS and Health course will help you understand spatial techniques used in GIS and Health and some core theory, concepts and background so that you can use GIS successfully. We created this course in response to the increasing need for health professionals to incorporate location intelligence in their day-to-day decisions and the growing availability of open-source GIS tools and datasets.
This is how the course is going to help you:
You'll be in a better position to meet your daily decision-making needs at work
You'll be inspired to start research in this subject
You'll diversify and enhance your skillset (either in GIS, Health, or both)
You'll be able to apply the learnings to your work/studies right after.
You will learn both theoretical concepts and practical skills in GIS at the intersection of the Public Health context.
This course is composed of 17 video lectures and 15 tutorials. QGIS will be used in the tutorials, which is a free, open-source application available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.
There are no assessments in this course, at least not in the traditional sense of it! The best way for you self-evaluate is by following the tutorials.
Social learning plays a vital role in getting the most out of this journey, so you might also like to join in on conversations using @OriGudes, #gisforpublichealth and #GeoHealth on social media.
Who this course is for:
- Government employees in the Health sector
- Academics/students working on public health-related issues
- NGOs in the Health sector
Dr Ori Gudes is a researcher and senior lecturer with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, and spatial science. His research focuses on GIS and Health, spatial analysis, decision support systems, city analytics and usability evaluation. Dr Gudes has confirmed his international reputation as a leader in GIS and Health and urban planning research. He has established collaborations with U.S., Canadian, and other GIS researchers through scientific committees, editorial board memberships, joint studies, and conferences. Dr Gudes has a strong background in GIS, spatial analysis with the intersection of urban planning, and scenario planning tools development. He has been teaching GIS, web mapping, and spatial analysis courses and workshops since 2008 at both QUT, Griffith University, Curtin University and UNSW.
Cristina Dias is a Geographer and Geospatial Scientist. She is currently building 'All That Geo', a website that features beginner-friendly learning experiences around geospatial data visualisation, analysis and storytelling that are engaging and creative.