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Urban Health Summer Institute - Introduction to GIS

June 22, 2020 through June 26, 2020

9:00 AM-12:30 PM

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. 

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