Available Until 2/21/2028

GIS for Public Health Information Professionals*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Douglas Joubert <doujou.dc@gmail.com> is the primary contact. .

The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve public health problems and as a decision making tool in healthcare has increased. Because of this trend, it is important for public health information professionals to have a basic understanding of GIS and mapping. This webinar will provide an overview of GIS, types of geospatial data, and the basics of visualizing health information.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the major components of GIS.

2. Describe geographic coordinate systems and their role in map projections.

3. Categorize the major types of data used in GIS and mapping.

4. List the major U.S. geospatial data collection systems.

5. Describe the major uses of GIS in public health.

6. Illustrate how color, shape, and scale influence the design of maps and geospatial data visualizations.


• Introduction, overview, and learning objectives: 5 minutes
• Introduction to GIS and public health within the context of GIS: 5 minutes
• GIS approaches to problem-solving and GIS workflows: 5 minutes
• Coordinate Systems and Data Organization: 10 minutes
• Collecting GIS data - Primary Data: 10 minutes
• Collecting GIS data - Secondary Data: 5 minutes
• GIS Data Organization: 5 minutes
• GIS Data Transformations: 10 minutes
• GIS Data Models 10 minutes
• GIS Application for Health: 15 minutes
Total time: 75 minutes

Facility Requirements

Computers with internet access and a landline or mobile phone (for audio portion)

MLA CE Credits: 1.5