GIS and Remote Sensing for Epidemiology and Public Health Course

GIS and Remote Sensing for Epidemiology and Public Health Course


Epidemiology seeks to determine associations between exposure risk and disease that are spatially dependent. Public health focuses on the health of populations rather than of individuals and focuses more on the prevention of health problems. These efforts fall naturally within the domain of problems requiring the use of spatial analysis as part of the solution, and GIS and other spatial analysis tools are therefore recognized as providing potentially transformational capabilities for Epidemiology and public health efforts.

Statistics are a mainstay in the toolkit of public health professionals. Human memory being what it is, however, even Public health professionals with reasonable statistical training, over the years, often forget the basics. If professionals are going to make sensible use of consultants, communicate effectively with funders, and understand others’ reports, then they often need at least a conceptual understanding of relatively complex, recently developed statistical techniques. This course is: to link common public health questions with appropriate statistical procedures; to offer a strong conceptual grounding in several important statistical procedures; and to describe how to interpret the results from the statistics in ways that are principled and will be persuasive to intended audiences using simple software tools.

Participants will acquire hands-on skills in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool to capture, integrate, store, edit, analyze, manage, display, visualize and share disease cases data that is geographically linked. The participants will also acquire statistical data analysis skills.


The course is targeted at individuals working with health data that have no experience using GIS but would like to learn how it can be applied in their work.


  • To develop an understanding of the different components of a GIS and the role GIS plays in solving epidemiological and public health problems.
  • To present to participants all data-related aspects of a GIS, such as the data models in GIS, data input, data editing, data visualization, metadata, and managing a spatial database.
  • To Carry out advanced analyses of geographical data with specific reference to epidemiological related issues
  • To improve data management and analysis skills of the participants
  • To perform spatial and temporal epidemiological and public health analysis using GIS.
  • Establish an understanding of how to work with spatial data and GIS techniques to solve epidemiology and public health problems.
  • To introduce the participant to effective and efficient field health data collection techniques.
  • To expose participants to data capture, input, manipulation, and display by GIS.
  • To equip the participant with knowledge and skills to manage pandemics, prevent disease, and monitor quality to transform health.
  • To demonstrate to a participant's use of GIS in mapping health facilities and sharing the information on online platforms for public access.
  • To explain to the participants' role of GIS as a decision support system in public health.



The training workshop will discuss the application of GIS in Public Health under the following themes:

Module 1: Epidemiology and public health concepts and frameworks

  • Introduction to Epidemiology and public health concepts
  • Introduction to GIS in Epidemiology and public health context
  • Planning for a GIS system installation
  • GIS Data sources for Epidemiology and public health
  • Working with a GIS software

Module 2: GIS data management in epidemiology and public health.

  • Public health and epidemiology GIS Database creation
  • Data Types and Data Sources in Epidemiology and public health
  • Working with GIS Data
  • Working with data from different sources (field data, databases, shapefiles and spreadsheets)
  • Facilitated Practical exercises in working with GIS Data
  • Styling and symbolization

Module 3: Spatial mapping and Visualization in Epidemiology and Public health

  • Mapping Project activities
  • GIS mapping of priority public health problems (HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis)
  • GIS mapping of most-at-risk populations (MARPS)
  • GIS Mapping of health facilities and health resources

Module 4: GIS for monitoring in Epidemiology and public health

  • GIS in Disease transmission and progression mapping.
  • GIS as a Decision Support System for Public Health Management (What, where, when, how, and why analysis – case studies).
  • Use of GIS in Epidemiology and Health-Related Disaster Management (case studies or practical).
  • GIS in Environmental Management and Public health (case studies or practical).
  • Shareable and interactive maps using open source APIs (Geoserver, OpenLayers, leaflets, google maps, CartoDB).

Module 5:

  • Participatory GIS in public health.
  • Use of mobile GIS in health surveillance and assessments.
  • Integrating GIS into Electronic Medical Records (case studies or practical?).
  • Basic statistical data analysis for Epidemiology and Public health.
  • Preparing data for analysis.
  • Outlining and Sorting data.
  • Finding Records Using Criteria and expressions.
  • Data Quality reporting.



The instructor-led pieces of training are delivered using a combined learning approach and comprise of presentations, practical sessions, and online tutorials. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professionals and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with Profound Research Services (PRC) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at PRC Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for travel expenses, visa application(where applicable), insurance among other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our PRC Training Centre or at a convenient location.

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Payment should be transferred to PRC account through bank on or before C.O.B. 30th May 2022.

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Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.



Event Properties

Event Date 06-06-2022 9:00 am
Event End Date 06-10-2022 1:00 pm
Cut off date 05-30-2022
Individual Price KSH 70,000.00
Location Nairobi-Kenya
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