In developing countries, public health departments, NGOs related to health care and disease control and many researchers associated with child and women welfare are increasingly adopting Geographic Information Systems for creating information system for disease incidence, query and analysis. This course fulfills the knowledge requirements and skill generation in this direction. Geovisualisation of disease data, trend and hotspot are very powerful techniques in awareness and planning strategies to control disease outbreak. The various kinds of visualization options available will be explained with examples and hands-on exercises and practicals.
This course will focus on new trends, concepts and essential technologies used for disease surveillance e.g. HIV, Ebola etc, hotspot mapping and health care planning. It is based on theory and hands on learning methodologies including fieldwork data collection and mapping. Students will be provided with historical background of health geography, understanding the importance of geospatial factors related to health and importance of environmental and socio-economic factors influencing the health. Health GIS database is scarce! So, techniques for primary data collection using Google questionnaire, mobile apps e.g. EpiCollect and crowd sourcing will be taught. Linking various kind of spatial database available from secondary sources with current landuse/landcover maps and disease records will be taught through exercises.