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.

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. 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.

*You must have access to ArcGIS in order to complete these exercises. *

  • GIS Training I: Organizing Principles: An Introduction to GIS
    This training section provides an introduction to some of the basic themes and concepts of GIS and hands-on use of ArcGIS Desktop software. These training modules are designed for public health professionals with little or no experience using ArcGIS.
  • GIS Training III: Analysis: Applied Analysis Techniques for GIS in Chronic Disease
    This training section builds on the modules offered in GIS I and II, and introduces several useful pieces of analytical GIS functionality with health applications, including network analysis, spatial analysis, and hotspot analysis. These training modules assume some experience using ArcGIS.
  • GIS Training IV: Special Topics
    This training section builds on the modules offered in GIS I, II, and III, and introduces several advanced pieces of GIS functionality with health applications. This includes how to map uncertainty, how to generate a composite measure, and how to create maps in ArcGIS Online. These training modules assume some experience using ArcGIS.

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.