STIA-441 GIS in Environment and Health
Fall for 2009-2010
This course focuses upon the use of geographic information system (GIS) in studying the environment and health. From a technical point of view, this is an introductory course. No previous experience in GIS is expected. However, students are expected to bring to class knowledge of environmental, international development, and health studies.
GIS emerged in the 1960s as an innovative technology to capture, manage, manipulate, analyze, and present geographic and spatial information. With the advancement of personal computer, internet, and now wireless technologies, GIS has become a cross-cutting and prevalent technologies used in the government, private, as well as the non-government, non-profit sectors. Its applications range from location-based analysis for business, environmental assessment/monitoring, hazard monitoring, demographic study, epidemiology, to homeland security.
This course introduces students to the fundamental of geographic data, GIS, and geographic analyses. Using geography as the basic framework, with real-life geographic data from various sources, students gain hands-on experience in using GIS to understand the biophysical, political, demographic, cultural, and economic factors that affect environmental and human health from the global to local scales.
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