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Title: Charles Drew University, COSH UPH 509


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Charles Drew University, COSH UPH 509
  • An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    in Public Health
  • Paul Robinson, PhD

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Course Description
  • This course will teach students about
    applications of geographic information systems
    (GIS) to study urban health concerns such as
    access to healthcare, disease clusters, and
    health status disparities. Skills in GIS
    operations such as address matching, buffering,
    layering, and spatial queries are developed
    through homework and case studies. Fundamentals
    of cartography and statistical aspects of spatial
    analysis are introduced.

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Course Objectives
  • At the end of the course students should be able
    to
  • Explain fundamental principles of Geographic
    Information Systems (GIS).
  • Identify sources of health related geographic
    data.
  • Recognize the limitations and appropriateness of
    various spatial data sources.
  • Process, analyze, and visualize urban-health
    related spatial data and information using
    commercially-available GIS (geographic
    information systems) software.
  • Select, process, and interpret spatial databases
    that can be used to model complex systems that
    are related to urban health problems.
  • Plan, conduct, and present a substantial research
    project that uses geographic data to address an
    urban health issue or problem.

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Format and Evaluation
  • Lecture and discussion
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Quizzes and exams
  • Semester research project
  • Midterm 15, Final 35, Quizzes 10, Lab
    assignments 20 Research Project 30

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My Qualifications
  • PhD in geography with a concentration in
    geographic information systems and urban
    geography
  • 18 years of experience working with geographic
    data
  • 15 years of university teaching experience
  • 7 years of experience doing health related
    geographic research

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