ENVS 072. GIS for Public Health

(Cross-listed as ENGR 065 )
This course teaches the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) and its applications to public health. Through lectures, student-led discussions, and laboratory exercises, students will explore how GIS can be used to understand the relationships between people, their changing physical and social environments, and their health. Throughout the course, students will engage commonly used geospatial methods applied in public health for mapping and analyzing geographic variation.
In particular, we will cover the following topics: health-related events, identifying disease clusters, investigating environmental health problems, and understanding the spread of communicable and infectious diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease. Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to have sufficient background to become expert users of GIS applications in health-related fields.
Course Format: Students will spend the first part of each class discussing papers. The second part of each class we will devote to laboratory exercise.
1 credit.
Eligible for ENVS
Catalog chapter: Environmental Studies  
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/environmental-studies

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