Online course in Population Health & Geographic Information Systems - enrol now for January 2014

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; and 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.

Online course delivery:  January 13 - April 6, 2014   
Mandatory online orientation:  January 6 - 12, 2014
Registration deadline: 13 December  2013

Course topics include:

  • Spatial thinking in population health
  • Introduction to spatial data
  • Key concepts in spatial data analysis
  • Mapping health data and health determinants
  • Use of spatial data in health policy
  • Siting health facilities and estimating geographic access
  • Incorporating spatial data and methods into surveillance and disease control
  • Modeling environmental pollutants and conducting spatial exposure assessments
  • Examining the built and social environments and health using GIS
  • Exploring future advances in the use of GIS for population and public health
  • Conducting a final project that applies GIS to a health question of your choosing

Course details can be found at:

For more information contact:

Maxine Reitsma, Program Coordinator, UVic Division of Continuing Studies