PHDA 03 - Population Health and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

"The growing importance of spatial thinking in health policy and epidemiology underscores the immense value of this course for researchers and practitioners alike. As a frequent user of GIS, I found this course to be an indispensable update to both my technical skills and theoretical understanding of health geography and spatial data analysis..."
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Blake Walker, PhD student, Geography


 

Next course delivery:  January to April, 2017
This course is now available to individuals residing outside of Canada. Please contact Program Coordinator, Maxine Reitsma at maxiner@uvic.ca or 250-721-8481 for more information.


Course description

In this course, students will learn about:

  • the geographic nature of population and public health
  • how geographic data are incorporated into health research
  • key considerations in spatial analysis
  • the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to health research and population and public health

Throughout the course, students will gain hands-on experience working with a wide range of spatial data and analysis methods using ArcGIS.

 

Learning objectives

  • Identify the importance of the geographic nature of population health.
  • Explain basic concepts of spatial data as they apply to health data and population health applications.
  • Identify major uses of GIS in population health.
  • Use GIS to map health data.
  • Apply a number of spatial techniques to analyze health data.
  • Critically interpret spatial approaches and methodology in population health.

Prerequisites

Admission to the PSC in Population Health Data Analysis or permission of the Faculty Advisor.

 

Instructor: Anders Erickson

Anders Erickson recently obtained his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with the Division of Medical Sciences & Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. His research interests are varied, but predominantly focus on the spatial and environmental epidemiology of reproductive health, the social determinants of health and gene-environment interactions. His PhD project used small area spatial and multilevel analyses to model the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight and gestational diabetes relating to air pollution exposure and its possible interaction with social factors. Anders has consulted on several other research projects and government contracts regarding biostatistics, epidemiology and GIS mapping.
 

This course is offered in partnership with the Division of Continuing Studies and Department of Geography at the University of Victoria.

 

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