Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Public Health

Registration is now closed for this program.

June 14-16, 2021
– Monday, 9:00am-4:00pm
– Tuesday, 9:00am-4:00pm
– Wednesday, 9:00am-3:00pm

The role of spatial analysis in local, state and regional public health has steadily increased over the last decade with the infusion of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software such as ESRI ArcGIS.  The goal of this workshop is to provide an introduction to GIS with a specific focus on applications to public health. Through hands-on, immersive exercises using ArcGIS the workshop will prepare you to feel comfortable communicating with other GIS users, view and query spatial data, and produce high quality digital maps in an applied learning environment to support public health decision making.

This is an introductory level mapping workshop for novice GIS users, applicable to all public health fields. Topics covered include navigating the GIS software, basic mapping, development and processing of geographical datasets, working with Census and American Community Survey data, geocoding, spatial data analysis and cluster mapping to support decision making, and geographical data presentation. Participants will be given access to ArcGIS software for the duration of the program.

PHX provides a 25 percent discount to students, SPH alumni, and BU faculty and staff. We will also offer a 25 percent discount for any resident of upper-middle-income countries, lower-middle-income countries and low-income countries (“LMIC” based on the World Bank Classification).

Individuals registering for more than one paid program at full price will receive a 15 percent discount (use coupon “2ormore”). A 15 percent discount is also offered to organizations sending three or more paid program participants (Contact us at for more information).

(Please note discounts cannot be combined)

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