Geomedicine: The Fundamentals of Health and Place

Friday, June 1, 2018 | Morning
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Course Description
A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. The system is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data and textual data that have been spatially referenced. The collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of spatially-referenced health data require the use of GIS, and when used optimally, GIS becomes a powerful information management tool for analysis and decision-making across the biomedical research and healthcare continuum.

Who Should Attend
Designed specifically for healthcare professionals, with primary roles in clinical care and research, who have little to no training in geospatial analysis or geomedicine, the primary goal of this course is to provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to geomedicine and GIS applications in the healthcare field.

Course Objectives
The course is designed to reinforce Joseph Kerski working definition of spatial thinking as it applies to the healthcare field.That is, “identifying, analyzing, and understanding the location, scale, patterns, and trends of the geographic and temporal relationships among data, phenomena, and issues that relate to patient care and healthcare research. The course will introduce the key GIS concepts and principles that are essential to the practice of geomedicine, highlight the GIS-related technologies that are particularly useful for the healthcare industry, and provide the opportunity for attendees to engage in hands-on GIS activities. Throughout the course, various examples of how GIS is used in healthcare practice and health research will be presented and discussed.

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