EPI 264 Fall 2017 (1.5 units)
This course introduces students to the concepts, principles, and methods for the visualization and analysis of spatially referenced health data. Lectures, discussion and assignments will highlight spatial data analysis techniques with applications in malaria and other infectious and non-infectious diseases prevalent in international settings. Hands-on skills based exercises will be emphasized over
lecture-based presentation of theory, so students should be prepared to be fully engaged.
At the end of this course, scholars will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in spatial data analysis techniques using open-source software including QGIS, R, SaTScan and WinBUGS (or other software for Apple-brand computer users);
- Understand the theories and assumptions of different spatial data analysis methods;
- Conduct exploratory spatial data analysis and identify and apply the correct analytical tools for a given problem; and
- Perform spatial regression analyses and produce basic smoothed disease maps.
Students should have a good basic understanding of the software program R as this will be heavily used. A good
understanding of mixed effect regression modeling is also required.
Course content will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. These will take place on Wednesdays from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Sept. 20 to Nov. 29 (no class on Nov. 22).
All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.
Readings will be provided and accessible through the course's online syllabus.
Grading will be based on:
- Oral Presentation (30%)
- Written Reports (50%)
- Weekly Written Assignments (20%)
To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Course fees are covered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The deadline for application is August 31, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.
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