GIS and Remote Sensing for Epidemiology and Public Health Course


INTRODUCTION

Epidemiology seeks to determine associations between exposure risk and disease that are spatially dependent. Public health focuses on the health of populations rather than of individuals and focuses more on prevention of health problems. These efforts fall naturally within the domain of problems requiring the use of spatial analysis as part of the solution, and GIS and other spatial analysis tools are therefore recognized as providing potentially transformational capabilities for Epidemiology and public health efforts.

Statistics are a mainstay in the toolkit of public health professionals. Human memory being what it is, however, even Public health professionals with reasonable statistical training, over the years, often forget the basics. If professionals are going to make sensible use of consultants, communicate effectively with funders, and understand others’ reports, then they often need at least a conceptual understanding of relatively complex, recently developed statistical techniques. This course is to link common public health questions with appropriate statistical procedures; to offer a strong conceptual grounding in several important statistical procedures, and to describe how to interpret the results from the statistics in ways that are principled and will be persuasive to intended audiences using simple software tools.

Participants will acquire hands-on skills on the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool to capture, store, analyze, manage, and visualize disease cases data that is geographically linked. The participants will also acquire statistical data analysis skills.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The course is targeted at individuals working with health data that have no experience using GIS but would like to learn how it can be applied in their work.

DURATION

10 Days

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To develop Understanding of the different components of a GIS and the role GIS plays in solving epidemiological and public health problems.
  • To present to participants all data-related aspects of a GIS, such as the data models in GIS, data input, data editing, data visualization, metadata and managing a spatial database.
  • To Carry out advanced analyses of geographical data with specific reference to epidemiological related issues
  • To improve data management and analysis skills of the participants
  • To perform spatial and temporal epidemiological and public health analysis using GIS.
  • Establish an understanding of how to work with spatial data and GIS techniques to solve epidemiology and public health problems.
  • To expose participants to data capture, input, manipulation, and display by GIS
  • To demonstrate to participants use of GIS in mapping health facilities and projects.
  • To explain to the participants' role of GIS as a decision support system in public health

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

The training workshop will discuss the application of GIS in Public Health under the following themes:

Module 1

 Epidemiology and public health concepts and frameworks

  • Introduction to Epidemiology and public health concepts
  • Introduction to GIS in Epidemiology and public health context
  • Planning for a GIS system installation
  • GIS Data sources for Epidemiology and public health
  • Working with a GIS software

Module 2

  • Mobile Data Collection using ODK and KoBoToolbox

Module 3

 GIS data management in epidemiology and public health.

  • Public health and epidemiology GIS Database creation
  • Data Types and Data Sources in Epidemiology and public health
  • Working with GIS Data
  • Working with data from different sources (databases, shapefiles, and spreadsheets)
  • Facilitated Practical exercises in working with GIS Data
  • Styling and symbolization

Module 4

Spatial mapping and Visualization in Epidemiology and Public health

  • Mapping Project activities
  • GIS mapping of priority public health problems (HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis)
  • GIS mapping of Most At Risk Populations (MARPS)
  • GIS Mapping of health facilities and health resources

Module 5

GIS for monitoring in Epidemiology and public health

  • GIS in Disease transmission and progression mapping
  • GIS as a Decision Support System for Public Health Management (What, where, when, how and why analysis – case studies)
  • Use of GIS in Epidemiology and Health-Related Disaster Management (case studies or practical)
  • GIS in Environmental management and Public health (case studies or practical)

Module 6

  • Participatory GIS in public health
  • Use of mobile GIS in health surveillance and assessments
  • Integrating GIS into Electronic Medical Records (case studies or practical?)

Module 7

 Basic statistical data analysis for Epidemiology and Public health

  • Introduction to Excel
  • Preparing data for analysis
  • Creating a list
  • Manipulating data using formulas
  • Outlining and Sorting data
  • Entering Data: Data Forms
  • Finding Records Using Criteria
  • Filtering Data
  • Data Auditing
  • Data validation

Module 8

Graphs, Charts and Line Graphs

  • Bar Charts
  • Statistical Data Analysis with Excel Presentation using Pivot charts
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Pivot tables
  • Probability Distribution
  • Hypothesis tests

Module 9

  • Analyses of Variance
  • Measures of Precision
  • Single Factor Experiments
  • Factorial Experiments
  • Regression Analysis

Module 10

  • Data Quality reporting

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FAQs & Course Administration Details:

This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.