Introduction to Spatial Analysis

This step is about disease mapping and the use of spatial analyses to investigate disease patterns in detail, presented by Dr. Ente Rood, epidemiologist at KIT (Royal Tropical Institute).

You will learn some basic concepts of spatial epidemiology and methods that you may want to consider when mapping your disease data. You will see examples showing that disease mapping and spatial analysis are of relevance to epidemiologists and policy makers.

Mapping your data will give you direct insight in any geographic pattern of disease occurrence. Health outcomes may vary greatly over space, as they are closely linked to sociodemographic, climate, and environmental factors, and these factors have a marked uneven spatial distribution.

Disclaimer: The data presented in the lectures and used in the exercises in week 4 of this course were provided with permission of the original owners and have been modified for education purposes. The data are not to be used for any other purposes than outlined in this course.

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Geohealth: Improving Public Health through Geographic Information

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