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Geographic Information Systems in Epidemiology and Public Health: A Tool for Integration and Innovation, Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

January 19, 2016

1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

Format: Interactive Webinar

Geographic information systems (GIS) are increasingly used in epidemiology and in public health research and practice. This webinar will provide participants with basic knowledge about GIS software, spatial data, and mapping relevant to epidemiology and public health. Specific examples of GIS application will be profiled drawing on recent Canadian and international research projects. These examples illustrate the value of GIS as a tool for visualisation, data transformation, and analysis and will inspire participants to use GIS in their own research and practice.

Topics Covered:

  • A brief history of mapping in public health
  • What is a GIS?
  • GIS basics
    • Types of data
    • Software
  • Using GIS as a tool in epidemiology and public health research
    • Mapping and visualizing health outcomes
    • Exposure assessment
    • Analysis
    • Sampling
  • The strengths of GIS for epidemiology and public health research
  • Unique challenges and considerations when using spatial data and GIS
  • Resources to build your skills


  • Materials: Computer, reliable internet connection, and headset or microphone and speakers or telephone.
  • We recommend you download the webinar software, if applicable, 15 minutes in advance of the start of the webinar.

Recommended Reading: Green, C. (2012) Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Benefits and Challenges.  National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (

Registration Fees:

  • Student Member - $29 CAD + HST
  • Student Non-Member - $69 CAD + HST
  • Regular Member - $99 CAD +HST
  • Regular Non-Member - $199 CAD + HST

Instructor: Dr. Lindsay Galway is Associate Professor in Health Sciences at Lakehead University. Click here for her full bio.

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