Kate Carlson, MS
Spatial Technology Consultant
U-Spatial, Research Computing, University of Minnesota

This course is an introduction to the concepts and uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Lecture topics include GIS data structures, sources of data, GIS tools, vendors and software, health-related GIS applications, and resources. Through a combination of presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn and apply basic GIS concepts and the fundamentals of spatial analysis. Hands-on exercises include spatial data display and query, map generation, field data collection, and simple spatial analysis using ArcGIS software. Students will be required to apply GIS concepts, assigned readings, and project development principles to create their own GIS project model.

This course is designed for participants who have not had experience working with GIS software or applications; however, participants should have some experience with spreadsheets.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7253-101 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.

For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute


Upon completion of this course participants will have experience:

  • Accessing and using GIS data
  • Collecting data for use in a GIS
  • Preparing data for use in a GIS
  • Joining data to GIS mapping files
  • Working with basic thematic mapping
  • Analyzing spatial information
  • Working with geocoding (address mapping)
  • Employing proper map-making techniques
  • Sharing GIS maps and data
  • Creating a GIS project model designed to investigate a public health research question using GIS


The core competencies in Public Health Preparedness and Response identified in the CDC planning model that apply to this course include:

Domain 2:  Communicate and Manage Information

  • 2.1 Manage information related to an emergency
  • 2.4 Collect data according to protocol

The core competencies identified in the HRSA Council of Linkages model that apply to this course include:

 Analytic/Assessment Skills     Tier 2:

  • 1.2.  Determines quantitative and qualitative data and information needed for assessing the health of a community
  • 1.4. Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  • 1.10. Interprets quantitative and qualitative data

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions

Meghan Taylor: 612-626-8434; tayl0427@umn.edu



Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in

Section Title
Introduction to GIS
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Jun 03, 2019
Twin Cities
Blegen Hall
T, W, F
8:00AM to 12:00PM
Jun 04, 2019 to Jun 07, 2019
Twin Cities
Blegen Hall
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Full Pay non-credit $595.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 27, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
May 27, 2019
Required fields are indicated by .