GIS for Health Sector Programme Management Training (20th to 24th NOvember 2017)


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.

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

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