The HIS Geo-Enabling course is being developed by the Health GeoLab Collaborative in collaboration with and with the support of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

The objectives of this course are to:

  1. Introduce the concept of HIS geo-enabling and support its implementation in countries
  2. Demonstrate and illustrate the potential of geospatial data and technologies applied to public health
  3. Build participants’ knowledge on the elements required for geo-enabling a Health information System (HIS)
  4. Strengthen the participants technical capacity when it comes to the management and use of geospatial data technologies in public health

This course is primarily developed to be integrated in the regular curriculum of Schools of Public Health across Asia and the Pacific or used by individuals interested in the topics it covers. It addresses staff from the health sector in countries (government and key partners), more specifically: (1) policymakers and managers; (2) HIS staff at national and sub national level; (3) data managers and GIS technicians; (4) students in health sciences and practice.

Each module of the course consists of PowerPoint slides accompanied by associated reference materials organized in such a way that anybody interested in the topic could learn about it and anybody having the knowledge on the topics being covered could give it to students.

The syllabus, facilitator’s guide, slides, and associated materials are freely available for download from here as they become available. (Please just make sure to acknowledge the source of this material in case you are using it. Thank you!):

 

Syllabus:
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Facilitator’s Guide:
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Course:
Module 1: Medical Geography – 2 hours  Slides Exercises Reference materials
Session 1.1 Context and objective of the training, agenda and round of introduction of the participants Download link
Session 1.2 The geographic dimension of public health Download link Health service coverage and its evaluation
Session 1.3 Examples from the Region Download link
Module 2: Geo-enabling the Health Information System (HIS) Slides Exercises Reference materials
Session 2.1 Geography and time in  the HIS Download link  

MEASURE Evaluation RHIS Curriculum

 

Building Capacity for Geo-Enabling Health Information Systems: Supporting Equitable Health Services and Well-Being for All

Session 2.2 The HIS geo-enabling framework: Description  Download link HIS Geo-enabling Toolkit
Session 2.3 The HIS geo-enabling framework: Implementation Download link HIS Geo-enabling Toolkit
Exercise 2.A Rapid assessment of the HIS geo-enabling level among the participants Download link Exercise 2.A data and guide
Session 2.4 The Health GeoLab Collaborative: A regional resources to support HIS geo-enabling across Asia and Pacific
Download link Health GeoLab Collaborative website
Module 3: Geospatial Data Management  Slides Exercises Reference materials
Session 3.1 Introduction to the geospatial data management cycle Download link Health GeoLab Collaborative Guidance Document Part 1: Introduction to the data-information-knowledge-decision continuum and the geospatial data management
Session 3.2 Implementing the geospatial data management  (Part 1): Documenting the process and defining the data needs Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.1 Documenting the process and defining the data need
Exercise 3.A Identifying the data needs for a particular public health priority Download link Exercise 3.A guide
Session 3.3 Implementing the geospatial data management cycle (Part 2): Defining the vocabulary, the data set specifications, standards, protocols, and ground reference Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.2 Defining the vocabulary, the data set specifications and the ground reference
Session 3.4 Implementing the geospatial data management cycle (Part 3): Data compilation and gaps assessment Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.3 Compiling existing data and identifying gaps
Session 3.5 Implementing the geospatial data management cycle (Part 4): Data collection and extraction Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.4.2 Collecting data in the field
Session 3.6 Implementing the geospatial data management cycle (Part 5): Data cleaning, validation, and documentation Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.5.1 Documenting the data using a metadata profile
Session 3.7 Implementing the geospatial data management cycle (Part 6): Data distribution, use, and update Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.6.1 Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software
Module 4: Hands-on Geospatial Technologies  Slides Exercises Reference materials
Session 4.1 Introduction to geospatial technologies Download link
Session 4.2 Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems  (GNSS) Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.4.2 Collecting data in the field
Exercise 4.A Collecting data in the field using a GNSS-enabled device and GPS essentials Download link Exercise 4.A guide HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.4.2 Collecting data in the field
Session 4.3 Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) Download link
Exercise 4.B Using the basic functionalities of a GIS software: Exercise 4.B data
         QGIS Download link QGIS guide QGIS Documentation page
         ArcMap Download link ArcMap Guide Esri ArcMap page
Session 4.4 Available resources to explore geospatial technologies further (GNSS, QGIS, and ArcMap) Download link
Module 5: Creating good thematic maps  Slides Exercises Reference materials
Session 5.1 The process behind making good thematic maps Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.6.1 Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software

 

HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.1 Documenting the process and defining the data needs

Session 5.2 Preparing the data for use in GIS software Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.1 Documenting the process and defining the data needs
Exercise 5.A Preparing the statistical data for use in GIS software Download link Exercise 5.A data and guide HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.5.2 Using advanced Microsoft Excel functions
Exercise 5.B Preparing the geospatial data and uploading it in the GIS software Exercise 5.B data and guide
         QGIS Download link
         ArcMap Download link
Session 5.3 The components of a good thematic map Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.6.1 Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software
Exercise 5.C Creating a thematic map using GIS software:
         QGIS Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.6.1 Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software: Annexes 3, 5, and 7
         ArcMap Download link HGLC Guidance Document Part 2.6.1 Creating good thematic maps using desktop GIS software: Annexes 2, 4, and 6