Beginning Spring 2017, this continued professional development course examines the role of both GIS and remote sensing for the analysis and visualisation of health.

Key Information

This CPD short course is available only as a non-credit bearing route. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

The course is delivered entirely via online distance-learning using our Virtual learning Environment (Moodle).

Course dates

This course will begin in the Spring of 2017 (exact date to be confirmed). Students may complete the course at their own pace, which is normally expected to take six weeks.



Ever since the pioneering work of Dr Jon Snow, who looked at the role of place and disease when investigating cholera outbreaks in London, the importance of geographical techniques for health is clear. Modern tools such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) allow a variety of health-related data to be visualised, modelled and disseminated. Additionally, the more recent advent of remote sensing has allowed physical environmental proxies related to certain diseases to be acquired using satellite images. This course examines the role of both GIS and remote sensing for the analysis and visualisation of health 

What you will study

The course is divided into six study blocks:

BLOCK 1: Introduction to Geographies of Health Concepts

  • Health concepts
  • Ideas of scale
  • Concepts of space and time

BLOCK 2: Epidemiology

  • What is epidemiology?
  • Historical background
  • Terminology

BLOCK 3: Emerging Diseases

  • What are emerging diseases?
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Alcohol related illnesses
  • Other lifestyle illnesses

BLOCK 4: Environmental & Socio-Economic Aspects of Disease

  • The physical environment
  • Remote Sensing
  • The Human factor

BLOCK 5: The Role of GIS in Health

  • Data
  • Choropleth Maps
  • Visualising dynamics
  • Risk mapping
  • Predictive mapping for decision support
  • Microgeography

BLOCK 6: Case Studies

  • Malaria
  • Meningitis   

Study Requirements

Anyone with an direct interest in the subject may apply, although it will be assumed that all applicants may already be actively employed within the health sector. Familiarity with computers and good IT skills is essential.


How to Apply

Please email with an expression of interest.

The deadline to formally apply is Wednesday 15th February 2017.


More Information

Please contact the Geography of Health CPD key staff if you have any course questions:

Dr Mark Cresswell