GIS Workshop

Visualizing and Analyzing Health Data
9:00 am
4:30 pm
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Jeremy Porter, PhD
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Director of the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences program at the CUNY Graduate Center
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Open to the Public
The GIS Workshop is a two-day intensive workshop that will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and hands-on techniques of health data visualization and analysis using publicly available open source GIS programs.

This two-day intensive course aims to introduce participants to the fundamentals of data visualization using the open-source QGIS program and building towards the introduction of foundational spatially-centered approaches to identifying relationships and associations among population and environmental variables. Led by Dr. Jeremy R. Porter, one of the highest-rated teachers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the author of many celebrated geospatial analysis publications and books, this workshop will integrate lectures with hands-on application. The workshop emphasizes the use of open-source software packages and publicly available environmental and demographic data as an example of potential applications of these data with spatially centered visualization and analytic techniques. The workshop is comprised of 4 components 1) visualization, 2) geo-processing, 3) cluster analysis, and 4) relationship identification. Within each component, a lecture is followed by an opportunity to put the methods learned into practice.

There are prerequisites/requirements to attend this training (see website for details). Capacity is limited. Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees, students, and early-stage investigators to participate.

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