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Spatial Analysis II: Spatial Data Technologies

2nd Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Tim Shields
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

340.696 Spatial Analysis 1 or consent of instructor

Technologies for obtaining, collecting and creating spatial data continue to advance; use of tracking devices, cell phones and satellite imagery such as Google Earth are advancing and becoming widespread. Learn how these technologies have broadened and enhanced the field of spatial analysis in public health research and practice.
Examines technologies for collecting, obtaining, and creating spatial data. Includes these technologies, but are not limited to GPS, tablets, tracking devices, cell phones, Google Earth, remote sensing applications, and the Internet. Introduces software applications such as ArcGIS, QGIS, and R for integrating spatial data from the aforementioned technologies into usable forms for spatial analysis. Covers metadata, data accuracy, and confidentiality/disclosure issues.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Incorporate appropriate spatial data technologies for public health research and practice applications
  2. Design a protocol for collecting, obtaining and/or creating spatial data for a public health research or practice application
  3. Assess the accuracy of spatial data and develop proper metadata files
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 65% Lab Assignments
  • 15% Exercises
  • 10% Presentation(s)
  • 10% LiveTalks
Enrollment Restriction
Jointly Offered With