This course offers an introduction to GIS and how it is used in public health and epidemiological research. It will introduce participants to the basics including working with and integrating spatial and non-spatial data; geographic scale and spatial precision; decoding; visualization; thematic mapping; and understanding spatial relationships. Specific skills and tools will be introduced in relation to assessing exposure to a range of environmental risks, and a particular focus will be given to methods for spatial linkage of exposure, contextual and confounder information for epidemiological or health risk assessment studies.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Public health practitioners, epidemiologists, exposure scientists, quantitative health geographers, risk assessors, students.
By the end of this course, the learner will - within a public health context - be able to:
- Understand the basics of spatial data and its role in decision making
- Undertake spatial analysis of environment and health data
- Explain why geographic data and tools are important for health decision makers
- Understand geography as a unifying framework and GIS as a tool to collect, link, analyze, visualize, manage, and share data and information
- Distinguish between the different tools used to collect, analyze, and manipulate geographic data
- Communicate with technical specialists to develop program-specific geographic products Work with and integrate spatial and non-spatial data
- Integrate data from different geographic scales and spatial precision
- Geocode and visualize spatial data
- Investigate spatial patterns of health risks and disease rates
- Produce thematic maps and reports
Module 1: GIS for Health Sector Programme Management Introduction
- Introduction to GIS
- Basic concepts in GIS
- GIS advantages in Health
- GIS for health applications
- Introduction to Quantum GIS(QGIS) and its user interface
Module 2: Spatial data collection techniques for health applications
- Digitizing and scanning of maps
- Using GPS
- Using GPS utility software for managing and downloading and managing data
- Using Mobile Phones (ODK) for GIS data collection
- Importing GPS data to Quantum GIS
- Extraction of data from GPS
- Mapping GPS data
- Bringing ODK data into a GIS
Module 3: Data Visualization
- Map layers in GIS
- Composing a GIS layout from GIS layers
- Key elements of a map
- Composing a map
- Case study
Module 4: Geocoding tabular data
- Creating health-care map layers
- Spatially join and aggregate point data to create choropleth maps
- Building and coding the new variables
- Using data from databases database management
- Project maps for health data analysis at different geographic scales
- Techniques of overlaying GIS data
- Extracting subsets of GIS data for mapping
- Prepare incidence and prevalence maps
Module 5: Case Study: Studying disease outbreaks
- Visualize malaria mortality by regions
- Use buffer analysis to identify affected populations
- Participatory mapping for disease outbreaks
This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered your preferred location.
For further inquiries, please contact us on details below:
Tel: +254 (0) 739167709.
Email: training @versedpro.com
Participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.
All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.
Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact us below.
Mob: +254 7739167709
Payment should be transferred to Versed Professional Services account through bank 7 days before commencement of training.
- All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
- Changes will become effective on the date of written confirmation being received.
- The appropriate cancellation charge will apply based on the cost of your booking, as shown below.
- In the event of an individual named on the booking form cannot attend, we will accept the substitution of another delegate on the condition that written notification of the substitution has been received by us prior to the course date and an administration fee of $ 34 plus VAT has been paid.
- Accommodation and travel are the responsibility of the candidate.
- A buffet lunch and two teas are provided on all full day courses during training dates unless otherwise stated. The cost is included in the price quoted. Any special dietary requirements need to be notified in writing to VPSL in advance before commencement of the training
- Versed Professional Services Limited shall not be liable to refund of fees or for any other penalty should courses be canceled due to war, fire, strike lock-out, industrial action, Tempest, accident, civil disturbance or any other cause whatsoever beyond their control.