GIS for Public Health Information Professionals

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Primary contact information...
National Institutes of Health
NIH Library
10 Center Drive, Building 10 Room 1L13A
Bethesda MD , 20892
United States
Douglas Joubert is the primary contact.
Phone: 301-594-6282
Region: Mid-Atlantic

Description: DESCRIPTION The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve public health problems and as a decision making tool in healthcare has increased. Because of this trend, it is important for public health information professionals to have a basic understanding of GIS and mapping. This webinar will provide an overview of GIS, types of geospatial data, and the basics of visualizing health information. OBJECTIVES By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the major components of GIS. 2. Describe geographic coordinate systems and their role in map projections. 3. Categorize the major types of data used in GIS and mapping. 4. List the major U.S. geospatial data collection systems. 5. Describe the major uses of GIS in public health. 6. Illustrate how color, shape, and scale influence the design of maps and geospatial data visualizations.

Experience Level: Beginning
Continuing Education Experience: Basic understanding of public health systems
CE Contact Hours: 75 minutes
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services, Information Systems and Technology
Subject: Disaster Preparedness, Subject Specific Resources, Technology/Systems
Course Type: e-Learning

Educational Objective: By the end of the webinar, participants should be able to: • Describe the major components of GIS • Categorize the major types of data used in GIS and mapping • Describe geographic coordinate systems and their role in map projections • List the major U.S. geospatial data collection systems • Describe the major uses of GIS in public health

Agenda:

• Introduction, overview, and learning objectives: 5 minutes
• Introduction to GIS and public health within the context of GIS: 5 minutes
• GIS approaches to problem-solving and GIS workflows: 5 minutes
• Coordinate Systems and Data Organization: 10 minutes
• Collecting GIS data - Primary Data: 10 minutes
• Collecting GIS data - Secondary Data: 5 minutes
• GIS Data Organization: 5 minutes
• GIS Data Transformations: 10 minutes
• GIS Data Models 10 minutes
• GIS Application for Health: 15 minutes
Total time: 75 minutes

Need for This Course: The PHHA section surveyed its members and they identified this course as professional development need. In addition, having a basic understanding of the core principles of GIS, spatial data, and visualizing health data are essential tools for addressing issues in public health and health policy.

The instructional methods used include Slides, Discussion, and Case Study.

Participant Materials: A PDF version of my presentation and course material.

Facility Requirements: Computers with internet access and a landline or mobile phone (for audio portion)

Additional Evaluation: This is the evaluation form that I use for all of my "external" training: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/joubertdex