Geographic Information Systems for Public Health

Course description:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly used in public health to explore the associations between population health, places, and the social and physical environment. In this course we will cover the most relevant methods and GIS tools utilized in public health and epidemiology for mapping and analyzing geographic patterns of health events, investigate health inequalities, human-environment interactions, and environmental risk factors.





It is expected that at the end of the course the students will be able to:


-Understand the importance of GIS and geographic thinking in the understanding of public health problems;


-Comprehend key concepts of cartography, thematic mapping, and distinguish different types of spatial data;


-Collect, georeference, and manage geographic data for public health practice and research;


-Integrate health and geographical data for epidemiological studies and health risk assessment;


-Measuring accessibility to healthcare and other facilities;


-Visualize and characterize geographical patterns of health events, population and environmental data.



Language: English (in Portuguese, if all the participants speak Portuguese).

Tuition Fee:
190 euros (-25% for students and collaborators of ISPUP, public health internship medical doctors and for students and alumni from the University of Porto).
6/April (9.30-13.30, 14h30-17h30), 13/April (9h30-13h30), 27/April (9h30-13h30) and 4th May
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