Course GIS in Health Sciences

ECTS: 2

Course leader: Jörg Schullehner

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: PH

Course fee: 2,400.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2022

Application deadline: 28/09/2022

Start date: 26/10/2022

Administrator: Annette Poulsen

Own computer

Participants can bring their own laptop or use the computers in the computer lab. Please install the latest version of QGIS on your machine before the course starts. If you run into technical problems, we will assist you on the first day. Get QGIS here: www.qgis.org.

The course P272/04 GIS in Health Sciences is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, fall 2022.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Important: Participants can bring their own laptop or use the computers in the computer lab. Please install the latest version of QGIS on your machine before the course starts. If you run into technical problems, we will assist you on the first day. Get QGIS here: www.qgis.org.

Aim: The aim of the course is to:

  • Provide theoretical background of spatial data and analyses
  • Introduce participants to open-source GIS software (QGIS)
  • Give participants hands-on experience in spatial analyses with focus on health-related exercises

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of GIS
  • Identify the different types of spatial data
  • Retrieve spatial data from open sources and own surveys and load them into a GIS program
  • Design and apply simple spatial analyses and evaluate their results
  • Present spatial data in appropriate maps

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be 51 hours.

Content: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for handling and analyzing geo-related data are becoming increasingly important in the health sciences. Applications include, amongst others, exposure estimations in epidemiological studies, planning and management of emergency medical services, and tools for public health decision-makers. Participants will get an introduction into the theoretical background and hands-on experience of spatial data management and spatial analyses focusing on public health related exercises.

Theoretical background

  • What is GIS and spatial data?
  • Coordinate systems and projections
  • Types of spatial data
  • Sources of spatial data
  • Spatial analyses

Hands-on experience (computer lab) with exercise-datasets, georeferencing, spatial analyses

Instructors: Jörg Schullehner, Torben Sigsgaard

Venue: The Victor Albeck building, 1266, Vennelyst Blvd. 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Health Research Year students and Health Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

Course dates:

  • 26 October 2022 09:00 - 16:00
  • 27 October 2022 09:00 - 16:00
  • 28 October 2022 09:00 - 16:00