Did the title of this post leave you wondering? Was your initial reaction “how can GIS be connected to public health?”. Think again! The physical and social environment that surround us play an important role in our wellbeing and -therefore- the geographic concept of place cannot be ignored in public health! GIS provide a standard platform for exploring spatial attributes and relationships between our environment and health.
The Swiss School of Public Health+ offers a course that will provide an introduction to GIS and its use in public health and epidemiological research. Prior GIS knowledge is not required and -by the end of the course- participants will be able to
- Understand how GIS can be used to enhance public health and research
- Add, manipulate, visualise and map spatial data in ArcGIS1
- Perform basic spatial analyses in ArcGIS10
The course will be held from 18th to 21st November 2013 at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. The course facilitators will be Dr. Danielle Vienneau from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Dr. Kees de Hoogh from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Imperial College London.