GIS Training

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Building GIS Capacity for Chronic Disease Surveillance

The training content on this page was developed as part of a collaborative project to build GIS capacity for chronic disease surveillance, prevention and treatment among health departments. Training content was designed and delivered by the Children’s Health Initiative (CEHI) at Rice University in collaboration with CDC and NACDD. See highlights of the project, including maps that demonstrate how the state health departments used their GIS skills. Learn more about the Children’s Environmental Health Initiativeexternal icon.

GIS Training Curriculum

This GIS training curriculum has been designed to provide public health professionals working on chronic disease the skills necessary to execute common GIS tasks.  The training content is organized into modules.

For the novice GIS user, the modules are designed to be completed in the order they are presented on the web page.

More experienced GIS users may opt to select modules of interest that are either refreshers or new topics.

Each training module includes a presentation, a hands-on exercise, and the data needed to complete the exercise.

Get Started

GIS training modules are available for both Arc GIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop.

In order to complete the modules, it is necessary to have access to ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Desktop.

About the Authors

This GIS training curriculum was developed by the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI)

The Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) is a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper. CEHI has developed, maintains, and extends an extensive fully spatially referenced data architecture on children’s environmental health. This makes it possible to jointly consider diverse variables collected by different disciplines, creating the opportunity to explore the complex and dynamic relationships among the components of health.