The course is an introduction to the basic concepts and
techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This course contains
lectures and hand-on exercises in ArcGIS. The lectures introduce the
basic concepts of GIS, data sources, data structure, data management,
map projections and coordinate system, making maps, and spatial
analysis. Students will also learn how to use the fundamental knowledge
of GIS to solve real world problems. Through the hand-on exercises,
students will get familiar with the interfaces and analysis tools in the
ESRI software package ArcGIS. Students will also practice applying GIS
as a tool and a methodological approach to spatially analyze environment
and public health data.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Understand basic concepts and terms of GIS, and know how to spatially analyze data using ArcGIS
- Acquire spatial data that is relevant to urban
health, e.g., census data, land use data, greenspace, road networks,
satellite images, etc.
- Build knowledge of data structure, data management, and coordination and projection systems
- Practice featuring symbols and making elegant maps in ArcGIS
- Apply the knowledge of GIS to solve research questions in urban health research
No prerequisite knowledge or skills are required for this course.
Instructor: Jingjing Li, PhD, MS, postdoctoral research fellow, Urban Health Collaborative, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.