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COURSE TITLE: GPS & GIS: A Tool For Analyzing, Mapping and Visualizing Health Data and Information.

Course Dates: 3rd to 7th of December 2018

Introduction

The importance and potential uses of Geographic Information System (GIS) and modern technologies in any organization cannot be under-emphasized, particularly looking at the rate at which technological advancements are progressing. There has been a great uptake and usage of GIS systems by several organizations of late. In health, GIS has proved to play a key role on surveillance, management, analysis of diseases and visualization of epidemiological data. Health services, diseases, and any information regarding health can be displayed on a map and correlated amongst many pieces of information such as environmental data, elements of health concern and social information. GIS has created a means of monitoring and management of both diseases and health programs including simulation models, systems risk assessment models in relation to the environment and distribution of health services.

It is against this backdrop that this course comes in to equip all participants who are willing and able to learn this GIS Technology regardless of their position in any organization.

Course Aim and Objectives: Main Objective:

The main objective of this course is to strengthen evidence based decision-making and information use in the organizations through the use of Geographic Information Systems. The delegates will be equipped with both theoretical and practical knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. This short course offers the participants the chance to learn and apply the fundamental principles of spatial data acquisition, storage, management and analysis in a GIS environment. The course is designed to equip delegates in health sector to appreciate how they can set up GIS research projects, learn to reason and plan spatially as well as solve real world problems using GIS technologies.

COURSE – LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the end of this course the delegates should be able to:

– Comprehend what GIS is and the many varied capabilities the GIS system can perform

– Understand how GPS and Satellite Technologies work

– Explain the difference between the various data models

– Analyze data using vector and raster methods

– Think and reason spatially as well as confidently answer the five main questions in GIS (What, Where, When, Why, What If)

– Apply GIS in health services, public health and health research

– Produce meaningful maps and have a better understanding of some relevant cartographic techniques

Course Coordinators/ Facilitators  

The course will be coordinated by Dr. Agness F Nhidza-Manjoro (BRTI TESA Coordinator-email address nhidzaagness@gmail.com, cell: +263772114053) and Mr.  Simon Chigeza (BRTI TESA IT Officer-email address schigeza@brti.co.zw, cell number: +263773299886).

The main facilitor will be Mr. Chriswell Chigwena who is a GIS Specialist and Consultant from Ministry of Health and Child Care [MoHCC] Zimbabwe. He is the Director and owner of Geo-Hub Private Limited.  The consultant has over a decade of training and research experience in GIS applications to Health, Environment, Water sector, and Natural Resource management. Other Facilitators are Mr Simon Chigeza and Mr Rangarirai Sharara. Mr Chigeza is the BRTI IT Manager and the TESA II IT officer. He has vast experience in ICT including GIS. Mr Sharara has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with specialty in GIS.

Who should attend?

Program managers, Field officers, M&E officers, Data Scientists and Data managers, Epidemiologist, Public Health Specialists, Research scientists, post graduate students and any other health professionals.

Participants are not expected to have prior knowledge of GIS; By blending lectures with practical sessions, delegates will be able to grasp the relevant concepts that will enable them to apply GIS technologies in their future projects.

Registration:

Registration package includes course materials/lecture notes, meals (lunch and refreshments) for the duration of the course. A maximum of 20 participants will be selected.  Participants are expected to meet their own accommodation, travel costs while local transport will be made available by BRTI.

Language: The course will be conducted in English. Blending a series of Practical’s and Lectures will definitely leave participants with a full appreciation of GIS Technologies and how to apply them in their field of work. 

Registration deadline: 26 November 2019. 

Travel visas

Contact the conference coordinator (Dr. Agness F Nhidza-Manjoro) if you require a letter to support a travel visa application. Please note: Letters will only be provided to confirmed registrants.

Course requirements:

Each participant is expected to bring a computer and traveler’s adapter.

Additional information contact: Dr. Junior Mutsvangwa jnr.mutsvangwa@gmail.com call  Landline +263 4 336691, Cell: +263772128049   

Please note that full attendance is required in order to receive the course certificate.  Your application should be accompanied by a half paged motivational statement citing strong reasons why you want to attend the course.

Course Outline and Program

The Training covers spatial data models, data creation, storage, management, data analysis and map creation and will show you how to add GIS datasets from various sources, and symbolize your data to suit your needs. You will also learn how to present data for printing and how to query your datasets based on both location and attributes.

 Tentative Program Schedule

 

Date & Time Topic
DAY 1
8:00 – 8:30 Objectives and Overview of the Training workshop

Introductions and Welcoming Remarks

8:30 – 9:30 Introduction to GIS: An Overview

Basic GIS Concepts, definitions

Uses and Applications of GIS in various Fields

Data Structures (Vector and Raster)

Spatial data Representation

9:30 – 10:00 Sources of GIS Data

Primary and Secondary Data

DSG, surveys and other Data sources

Meta data

10:00 – 10:30 Tea Break
11:00 – 11:30 GIS Software

Open source vs Proprietary (Licenced)

Software Installation and Hardware preparation

11:30 – 12:30 Introduction to QGIS

The QGIS Interface (Learning about the various tools and extensions)

Adding Vector data

Adding Data to a map view

Shape-files

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 2:45 Group work/practical
2:45 – 3:00 Exploring the Map view

Working with the Attribute Table

Performing Feature Selections

3:00 – 3:15 Tea Break
3:15-4:15 Working with Shape files
4:15 End of Day 1
Date & Time Topic
DAY 2
8:00 – 8:30 Review of Day 1
8:30 – 9:00 Geographic Analysis, Creating new Projects from existing ones

Geo-processing Shape-files

Using different functions, Clipp function

Union function,

Buffering

Overlay Analysis

9:00 – 9:30 Saving Projects and removing layers

Performing Table Joints and mapping Attribute Data

Importing Data into QGIS

DBS files and Csv file

Working with Text delimited files

9:30-10:00 Map Projections and Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS)

Displaying and plotting coordinate data (x, y)

Transforming Map Projections

10:00 – 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 – 11:00 Map Projections and Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS)

Displaying and plotting coordinate data (x, y)

Transforming Map Projections (cntd.)

11:30 – 12:45   Group work/practical with the PDA
12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 2:00 Thematic Mapping

Some Cartographic Techniques

Classifying and symbolising Data

2:00 – 2:30 Working with the Print Composer

Adding Map elements

Map Legend

North arrow

Dealing with the Cartographic Scale

Different types of Scale in geography

2:30-3:00 Working Raster Data (Images)
3:00 – 3:15 Tea Break
3:15 – 3:45 Defining Raster Data (Pixel elements)

Sources of Raster Data, Visualising raster Data

Creating new features from Images

Raster to vector Conversion

3:45-4:15 Geo-referencing an Image (Practicals)
4:15 End of Day 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date & Time Topic
DAY 3
8:00 – 8:30 Review of Day 2
8:30 – 9:30 Digitising Images

Practicals

9:30 – 10:00 Group work/practical with the PDA
10:00 – 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 – 11:00 Group work/practical with the PDA (cntd.)
11:00 – 11:15 Thematic Mapping revision

Some Cartographic Techniques

Classifying and symbolising Data

11:15-11:45 Working with the Print Composer (Revision)

Adding Map elements

Map Legend

North arrow

11:45-12:45 Working with Google Earth (Images)

Installation of Google earth

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 2:45 Creating new features from Google earth Images

Raster to vector Conversion

2:45 – 3:00 Geo-referencing on Google earth Image

Practicals

3:00 – 3:15 Tea Break
3:15 – 3:45 Geo-referencing on Google earth Image

Practicals

3:45-4:15 Group Feedback
4:15 End of Day 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date & Time Topic
DAY 4
8:00 – 8:30 Review of Day 3
8:30 – 9:30 Digitizing from Google Earth Images

Displaying your Collected points on Google Earth

Practical

9:30 – 10:00 Group work/practical
10:00 – 10:30 Tea Break
10:30-11:00 Group Feedback
11:00 – 11:15 Thematic Mapping (revision)

Some Cartographic Techniques

Classifying and symbolizing Data

11:15 – 11:45 Working with the Print Composer (Revision)

Adding Map elements

Map Legend

North arrow

11:45-12:15 Working with Google Earth (Images)

Installation of Google earth

12:15-12:45 Creating new features from Google earth Images

Raster to vector Conversion

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 2:15 Geo-referencing on Google earth Image

Practical

2:15 – 2:30 Group Feedback
2:30-3:00 Digitizing from Google Earth Images

Displaying your points on Google Earth

Practical

3:00 – 3:15 Tea Break
3:15 – 3:45 Digitizing from Google Earth Images

Displaying your points on Google Earth

Practical (cntd)

3:45-4:15 Group Feedback
4:15 End of Day 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date & Time Topic
DAY 5
8:00 – 8:30 Review of Day 4
8:30 – 9:30 Mobile GPS App Installation on Smart phones

Collecting GPS Data using Mobile Devices

Importing and Exporting GPS Data in QGIS

File Formats Conversions in QGIS

Data Entry in QGIS

 

9:30 – 10:00 Working with the Print Composer (Revision)

Adding Map elements

Map Legend

North arrow

Exporting your Final map

Map Presentation

10:00 – 10:30 Tea Break
11:00 – 11:30 Working with the Print Composer (Revision)

Adding Map elements

Map Legend

North arrow

Exporting your Final map

Map Presentation

11:30 – 12:30 Presentation by participants
12:30-12:45 Course Evaluation
12:45-1:15 Certificate Presentation & Closing ceremony
1:15 – 2:15 Lunch and end of Day 5

 

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