Pre-Course week

 

  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in Epidemiology 
  • Principles of prevention: revisiting population and individual approaches in the “omics” and big data era

 

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in Epidemiology

WHO
Dr. Danielle Vienneau and Dr. Kees de Hoogh,
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, SwissTPH, University of Basel.

WHEN
Tue 12 to Fri 15 June 2018 (4 full days), 9am to 5pm.

WHAT
The physical and social environment that surrounds us plays an important part in our health and wellbeing. The geography concept of “place” thus cannot be ignored in environmental epidemiology and public health. Whether investigating the level of environmental pollution, access to recreation or health services, or patterns of disease, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide the standard platform for exploring spatial attributes and relationships between our environment and health.

The course, a mix of lectures, demonstrations and practical time for hands-on data analysis in ArcGIS and QGIS, offers an introduction to GIS and how it is used in environmental epidemiological research. It will introduce students to the basics including: working with and integrating spatial and non-spatial data; geographic scale and spatial precision; geocoding; visualisation; thematic mapping; and understanding spatial relationships. Specific skills and tools will also be introduced in relation to methods for spatial linkage of exposure, contextual and confounder information for epidemiological or health risk assessment studies.

Students will gain knowledge in the fundamentals of GIS for spatial data handling and analysis. By the end of the course, students will:

  • understand how GIS can be used to enhance public health and epidemiological research;
  • be able to acquire, add, manipulate, visualise and map spatial data in a GIS;
  • be able to perform basic spatial analyses in a GIS.

No prior knowledge of GIS is required for this intensive course.

 

Principles of prevention: revisiting population and individual approaches in the “omics” and big data era

WHO
Dr. Rodolfo Saracci, International Agency for Research on cancer (IARC), Lyon, France.

WHEN
Mon 11 to Fri 15 June 2018 (5 full days),
9am to 5pm.

WHAT
Details information will be available as soon as possible.