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GIS Training

Welcome to the GIS Training page. The first training, titled An Introduction to GIS and Public Health, is intended for users with little or no experience working with GIS. It should approximately take three to four hours to complete. The subsequent three trainings (Organizing Principles, Data Management, and Analysis) are each part of a larger curriculum and may take more time to complete. These trainings have extended information including slideshows, exercises, and data.

The training content on this page is the product of the GIS Surveillance for Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases in State and Local Health Departments project. These materials were developed collaboratively for selected state health departments under the guidance of the Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, with input from participating states and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information about CEHI please click here.

This GIS capacity-building project was designed to help state and local health departments apply GIS techniques in four areas:

  • Document the burden of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships.
  • Inform and guide policy and program decisions.
  • Facilitate integration and collaboration within and between state and local health departments, with a focus on chronic disease prevention and treatment.

To see highlights of the capacity building project, including maps that demonstrate how each state health department used their new GIS skills to advance their institutional mission, please click here.

Getting Started with GIS

An Introduction to GIS and Public Health
This training is designed for public health professionals with little or no experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Participants will receive instruction on the use of GIS software and an introduction to commonly used and readily available data sources. At the end of the training participants will have created several statewide and county level thematic map(s) illustrating the use relevant data for public health applications.

GIS Training Curriculum

Organizing Principles: An Introduction to GIS
This training provides an introduction to some of the basic themes and concepts of GIS and hands-on use of ArcGIS Desktop software.

Data Management: Creation, Edition and Maintenance of Spatial Data
This training offers guidance and practice for the customization/creation of data to suit specialized GIS needs.

Analysis: Applied Analysis Techniques for GIS in Chronic Disease
This training introduces several useful pieces of analytical GIS functionality with health applications including: network analysis, spatial analysis and hotspot analysis.

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