School of Geospatial Health

Under the auspices of the GnosisGIS- International Society of Geospatial Health, basic and advanced level GIS courses will be offered an a regularly scheduled basis at fixed sites where well equipped GIS laboratories are available on each continent. Additional 'portable' courses can be scheduled at nearly any location, for example as satellite course offerings of 3-4 days duration at scientific meetings. Together these represent a 'virtual campus' offering GIS courses to those interested in health applications of the geospatial sciences. Course content has been developed and sanctioned by the GnosisGIS short courses sub-committee. There are currently 5 permanent locations that have or are planning to offer courses regularly. Off-site courses can be scheduled by special arrangement. A standard course manual and GIS resource data CDROM's are provided.

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as-t.gif   Australia, Brisbane
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit
School of Population Health, University of Queensland
Level 4, Public Health Building; School of Population Health;
University of Queensland; Herston Road; Herston 4006; Queensland; Australia

Course name: Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics summer school. Course 1
Content: Longitudinal data analysis
Language: English
Length: 2 days
Level: PostgraduateTime: December
Fee: AUS 1000*
Qualifications needed: MSc
Contact address and or E-mail: a.clements@uq.edu.au

Course name: Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics summer school. Course 2
Content: Introduction to spatial epidemiology
Language: English
Length: 2 days
Level: Postgraduate
ECTS: NA
Time: December
Fee: AUS 1000*
Qualifications needed: MSc
Contact address and or E-mail: a.clements@uq.edu.au

Course name: Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics summer school. Course 3
Content: Bayesian spatial modelling
Language: English
Length: 2 days
Level:Postgraduate
ECTS: NA
Time: December
Fee: AUS 1000*
Qualifications needed: MSc
Contact address and or E-mail: a.clements@uq.edu.au

Course name: Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics summer school. Course 4
Content: Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases
Language: English
Length: 2 days
Level:Postgraduate
ECTS: NA
Time: December
Fee: AUS 1000*
Qualifications needed: MSc
Contact address and or E-mail: a.clements@uq.edu.au



ch-t.gif   China, Shanghai
National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
207 Rui Jin Er Road, Shanghai 200025, People’s Republic of China

Course name: Basic course on GIS technology and its application in epidemiology
Content: Technique to build GIS database and its basic application in epidemiology of tropical diseases
Language: English
Length: 4 days
Level: Postgraduate
ECTS: NA
Time: once every year
Fee: USD 600*
Qualifications needed: MSc
Contact address and or E-mail: lisz@chinacdc.cn

Course name: Advanced course on geospatial epidemiology
Content: Spatial analysis tools and prediction of transmission of tropical diseases
Language: English
Length: 3 days
Level: Postgraduate
ECTS: NA
Time: Once every year
Fee: USD 800*
Qualifications needed: PhD
Contact address and or E-mail: lisz@chinacdc.cn

Course name: Advanced course on modeling of infectious diseases
Content: Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases
Language: English
Length: 3 days
Level:Postgraduate
ECTS: NA
Time: Once every two years
Fee: USD 1000*
Qualifications needed: PhD
Contact address and or E-mail: lisz@chinacdc.cn


da-t.gif    Denmark, Copenhagen         
Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Parasitology, Health and Development, Faculty of Health and Medical Science, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 57, DK-1871, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Course name: Introductory course in applied GIS for public health surveillance and spatial epidemiology
Content: Basic application of GIS in relation to health of man and animals
Language: English
Length: 4 days
Level: Basic
ECTS: Not yet defined
Time: On request
Fee: Not fixed
Qualification needed: BSc
Contact  address and or e-mail: tkk@sund.ku.dk

it-t.gif     Italy, Naples
Department of Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnologies and Animal Productions 

Course name: Tirocino Pratico (practical training) GIS for students at the 5th year of the Department of Veterinary Medicine
Content: Basic application of GIS in Veterinary Medicine
Language: Italian
Length: 2 days
Level:  Basic
ECTS: 2
Time: Every year
Fee: Included in University fees
Qualifications needed: BSc
Contact address and or E-mail:
Scientific tutor and course planner: Prof. Giuseppe Cringoli
Technical staff and students tutor:    Giuseppe Marzatico


sf-t.gif     South Africa, Durban
University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa

Course name: Geographic Information Systems  (ENVS211)
Content: Development, interdisciplinary nature and potential value of GIS; referencing the geographic location of data; technological environment of GIS, data sources, data models, entry and analysis; data quality, management & legal aspects; GPS, spatial representation concepts, maps as records and reflections of dominant ideologies, introduction to aerial photography
Language: English
Length: 13 weeks
Level:  2nd year undergraduate
ECTS: NA
Time: Semester 2 (June-November)
Fee: R2500.00
Qualifications needed: 64 Credits at Level 1
Contact address or e-mail: Mukaratirwa@ukzn.ac.za

Course name: Introduction to Remote Sensing (ENVS250)
Content: Principles of Remote sensing; Sensor characteristics, Field Observations, Data gathering and quality assurance. Forms of Remote Sensing.  Digital image data processing. Image classification. Environmental applications of remote sensing
Language: English
Length: 13 weeks
Level: 2nd year
ECTS: NA
Time: Semester 1 (February-May)
Fee: R2500.00
Qualifications needed: 64Credits from Level
Contact address or e-mail: Mukaratirwa@ukzn.ac.za

Course name: GIS & Remote Sensing (ENVS316)
Content: Spatial data and modeling; Attribute data management; Analysis of remotely sensed GIS data and its classification; Data quality issues; GIS project management and design.
Language: English
Length: 13 weeks
Level: 3rd year
ECTS: NA
Time: Semester 2
Fee: R2500.00
Qualifications needed: ENVS211 or equivalent knowledge
Contact address or e-mail: Mukaratirwa@ukzn.ac.za

Course name: Analytical GIS & Advanced Spatial Modelling  (ENVS712)
Content: Analytical modeling, techniques for spatial modeling.  Statistical analysis and interpretation of geographic data.  Spatial database design and manipulation.  Error assessment and management.  GIS project design and management.  Environmental GIS applications.
Language: English
Length: 13 weeks
Level:  4th year
ECTS: NA
Time: Semester 1 (February-May)
Fee: 3500.00
Qualifications needed: At least 60% in ENVS316
Contact address or e-mail: Mukaratirwa@ukzn.ac.za

Course name: Advanced Remote Sensing  (ENVS720)
Content: Image processing.  Image restoration.  Supervised and unsupervised classification.  Quality assessment, including replicability, positional accuracy and thematic accuracy.  Vegetation indices and their applications.  Time series change and analysis using Remote Sensing with GIS.  Decision making using Multiple Criteria Analysis.
Language: English
Length: 13 weeks
Level: 4th year
ECTS:  NA
Time: Semester 2
Fee: 3500.00
Qualifications needed: ENVS316 or equivalent knowledge
Contact address or e-mail: Mukaratirwa@ukzn.ac.za


sz-t.gif    Switzerland, Basel
Swiss Institute for Tropical diseases and Public Health, STPH.

Course name: Bayesian Disease Mapping in Epidemiology and Public Health
Content: A course for researchers dealing with spatial data in epidemiology and public health. This 2-weeks course will provide a comprehensive introduction to Bayesian spatial modeling in public health and epidemiology. Participants will be introduced to the basics of Bayesian modeling and computation and they will learn how to model areal and geostatistical data for identifying significant covariates and for geographical prediction and mapping of a range of health-related outcomes.

Participants will be also introduced in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in order to extract environmental predictors from satellite sources, process satellite data and map raw data as well as model-based predictions. The course will involve theory and computer practical exercises in R, Winbugs, IDRISI, and OpenGIS.
Language: English
Length: 2 weeks
Level: Advanced
ECTS: 3
Time: Regularly
Fee: 2500 EURO
Qualifications needed: MSc
Contact address and or E-mail:  penelope.vounatsou@unibas.ch


us-t.gif     USA, Baton Rouge, LA

Course name: PBS 7419 Population Dynamics and Ecology of Parasitic and Vector-Borne Diseases or ENHS 6253 Geospatial Health and Environment
Content: Population dynamics, ecology and biology-based mapping and modelling of parasitic and vector-borne diseases
Language: English
Length:  14 weeks
Level: Basic
ECTS: NA
Time: TBA
Course Credit: 3 - LSU Graduate School Course (PBS 7419); offered concurrently at LSUHSC School of Public Health (ENHS 6253) 
Fee:  Current tuition rate for 3 credit course
Qualifications needed:  LSU Graduate School +/or LSUHSC School of Public Health enrollment
Contact address and or E-mail:                                                                                               malone@vetmed.lsu.edu;                                                                                                                                                    jdiaz@lsuhsc.edu                                                                                                                         

Course name: International School of Geospatial Health Mardi Gras Short Course 
Content: An instructor directed hands-on 10 module basic short course using ArcGIS 10.1.  Students will receive a ‘Geospatial Health and Environment’ course manual, resource data for each module, and a 1-year license for ArcGIS 10.1.  A course project applying geospatial health methods to a topic of the student’s own choosing will be completed and presented at course completion.  
Language: English
Length:   3 days
Level: Basic
ECTS: NA
Time: February 4-7, 2013; Annually Prior to Mardi Gras
Course Credit:
Fee:  $1250 (includes 4 days lodging in Baton Rouge, breakfast, lunch, local transport)
Qualifications needed:  Academic or commercial firm interest in geospatial health principles and methodology
Contact address and or E-mail:                                                                                            malone@vetmed.lsu.edu


                                                                                                                                           

za-t.gif    Zambia, Lusaka
Department of Public Health, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Course name: Introductory course in applied GIS for public health surveillance and spatial epidemiology
Content: Basic application of GIS
Language: English
Length: 4 days
Level: Basic
ECTS:
Time: On request
Fee: USD 500
Qualifications needed: BSc
Contact address and or E-mail: hikabasa@yahoo.com