Foundations of GIS




This course serves as a general introduction to the core concepts of GIS with emphasis on geocoding and spatial analysis and its applications of spatial data and spatial analysis in general and specifically as it relates to Epidemiology, Community and population health.


As a result of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify basic concepts of GIS and Spatial analysis
  • Describe specific uses of spatial geographic applications in PH, health research and heath planning


Originally launched November, 2011

Time Requirement

Estimated time of 1 hour to complete.

Technical Requirements

The course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages. The course contains video and audio so WMV playback and speakers or headphones are required.

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.


Employed by or in New York State?

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you enroll for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).