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Introduction to Creation and Use of GIS Maps: Applications for Social Services


Registration deadline: June 7th

15 CEUs/CPH units

Haley Becker, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Faculty, Brown School

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a system for collecting, storing, displaying, and analyzing spatial data. This will serve as an introduction to applications of GIS and data mapping for social work and public health issues. You will be introduced to the visual storytelling and data analysis power of creating maps, with hands-on experience in basic GIS skills. Methods for applying GIS techniques and other spatial mapping tools for data visualization will be introduced. Examples of GIS maps used to illuminate public health and social work topics will be analyzed. Learn about mapping terminology and how to produce and analyze digital data maps.

Note: Basic knowledge of descriptive statistics is highly recommended to get the most benefit from this class.

There is a text for this class, Understanding GIS: An ARGIS Pro Project Workbook; the fee for the textbook is included in the class price.

Class size is limited to 20.

$675 General admission
$475 Non-profit/government employees (1st Summer Institute class)
$425 Non-profit/government employees (Additional Summer Institute classes)

This class will include both degree-seeking graduate students and practicing professionals. Individuals registering through Professional Development will receive continuing education units - but not academic credit - for the class.

About the Instructor:

Portrait of Bob Mai

Haley recently completed her PhD from the Brown School.  Her current research focuses on program development and modeling of the dual burden of malnutrition in developing countries and island nations, with a special focus on the role of physical activity in mitigating negative health outcomes. For her dissertation project, she employed both qualitative and quantitative needs assessments in order to better understand the current physical activity behaviors of adolescents. Haley expertise includes the areas of obesity prevention, physical activity, young child and adolescent nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies (zinc, iron, and vitamin A), and geographic information systems (GIS). Haley received her MPH from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Public Health.

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