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SPH Alumni Courses - PHW272B: GIS for Public Health Practice is a Course

SPH Alumni Courses - PHW272B: GIS for Public Health Practice

Mar 9 - May 3, 2020
3.0 credits

Spots remaining: 10

$1,650 Enroll

Full course description

SPH Alumni Courses are open to all SPH alumni interested in continuing their education. Alumni can now enroll in online courses from Berkeley Public Health’s top rated online MPH program at a special rate for alumni (43% discount).


Geographic information systems (GIS) allow us to visualize and analyze data and information that includes a spatial component. Because "everything happens somewhere", including the spatial component improves our ability to make correct inferences about many health related issues. In PHW272B we learn GIS through working through various cloud based applications such as ArcGIS Online, Collector, Survey123, StoryMaps and others.

Each week we have hands-on exercises that provide opportunities to become skilled in the use of GIS and the ability to interpret spatial data. We read one or two peer-reviewed articles that demonstrate GIS, often with the same skill that was acquired that week. In small groups, students share ideas about a public health issue and discuss the types of spacial data, maps or GIS skills that could be used to address the issue. Every other week, students use the Discussion tab to discuss a question or two posed by the teaching team. The idea of the Discussion tab is to share your insights with the entire class.  

The course midterm provides an opportunity to demonstrate the understanding of GIS concepts and ability to create maps to illustrate spatial data. The final project is a Story Map in which students may combine images, videos, maps, graphics and short narratives to influence policy or educate a constituency such as a individuals with a certain disease, community members, students, hospital administrators.

The instructor and course facilitator are excited to teach the course and welcome interactions with all of the students whether it is to troubleshoot problems with the hands-on exercises, or discuss public health issues that have a spatial component.


Alumni completing this course will receive a Certificate of completion from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. 

Enrollment Cancellation Policy: Written cancellation notification must be emailed to sph_catalog@berkeley.edu prior to the start date of the class in which you are registered in order to qualify for a refund, less a 5% administrative fee.