The environment in which we live and work can have a profound effect on our health – an effect that is explored by the emerging field of geohealth.
This free online course will introduce you to new developments in geohealth, looking at the latest thinking and methods for using spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) in health settings.
Understand geohealth techniques and best practice
The course consists of ten different topics, ranging from data collection techniques to spatial simulation, and aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and health professionals.
By the end of the course, you will understand how spatial data and geo-information techniques can contribute to solving public health problems, and be aware of best practice when using GIS in the health field.
Learn with health and geo-informatics specialists
The Geohealth course has been developed by three well-known institutions with experience in both the health domain and the field of geo-informatics:
Public Health Foundation of India helps to build institutional and systems capacity in India for strengthening education, training, research and policy development in the area of public health.
Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam aims to improve health and ensure equitable socio-economic development as much as intercultural cooperation with partners worldwide.
Faculty of ITC at the University of Twente is recognised worldwide for achievements in teaching, research and capacity development in the field of geo-information science and earth observation.
This course is designed for professionals working in both human and animal health, and GIS specialists and geo-scientists who are interested in the health domain.
Reneryucompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course content is very academic - research paper case studies are used as teaching materials. However, it's a pity that all the in depth examples are not hands-on; the only effective engagement activity asks learners to add themselves to a map. This lowers the level of engagement and makes the content remain literal.