Using Geographic Information Systems in disease control programs (GIS)

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Starting date25/06/2018
Duration2 weeks
End date06-07-2018
KIT application deadline NFP applicants08-10-2017
NFP application deadline27-10-2017
KIT application deadline other funding25-04-2018
LocationITC (Enschede) and KIT (Amsterdam)
Course fee Early BirdEUR 1585 (if payment is made before 31 March 2018)
Course fee NormalEUR 2010
ContactDr. M. Bakker (

The course ‘Using GIS in disease control programmes’ jointly organized by KIT and the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) Enschede, combines expertise in geographic information systems and its application in disease control.

The course gives an introduction to the use of GIS in disease control programmes and provides knowledge and basic skills on how GIS can be used for disease control, focusing on the epidemiological assessment of disease burden and the improvement of programmatic planning and management. Participants can choose from a range of practical case studies to tailor the course to their own needs.

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For more information contact Mirjam Bakker


Week 1

During the first week in Enschede, participants will be familiarized with key concepts and techniques in GIS, with an emphasis on developing basic software operating skills (ESRI ArcGIS vs 10.1 desktop).

Topics include:

  • Data collection and formats, including coordination systems, projections and geo-referencing
  • Data storage and processing
  • Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA)
  • Geo-spatial data mapping, geo-visualization and data interpretation.

Important issues are the spatial and temporal characteristics of health data, design, collection of spatial (baseline) data and geo-visualization.

Week 2

The second week, held at KIT in Amsterdam, provides an opportunity to apply and extend the GIS skills that have been learned in the first week. The course will address specific topics in disease epidemiology, in disease patterns in space and time, and in planning and evaluation of disease control programmes. Participants will work independently or in small groups on case studies using source data provided. The level of the case studies range from basic mapping to more advanced geo-statistical applications. Participants can choose between different topics according to their individual training requirements.

The programme includes the following themes:

  • Visualization and exploration of patterns of disease in space and time
  • Identification of risk factors of disease in space and time, including risk mapping
  • Assessment of accessibility and availability to health facilities
  • Visualization and analysis of health management information, such as indicators for monitoring and evaluation of programme performance and availability of (human) resources.

During the first and second week participants will be assisted in setting up a GIS based on their own data, as well as applying newly obtained GIS techniques to their data.

The course will use ArcGIS. Participants will obtain a one-year student license for ArcGIS (ArcView).
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  • The Early Bird tuition fee for this course is € 1,585 (excluding accommodation and insurance). This fee applies for participants that pay the full tuition fee before 31 March 2018.  Tuition fee for payments made after 31 March 2018 will be € 2,010. So make sure you apply now and pay before the deadline.
  • The course is intended for programme officers, data-managers working in disease control, and researchers and students in the field of public health and epidemiology.
  • Fluency in English and general computer skills are required.
  • A basic understanding of data analysis is recommended
  • For participants from outside Europe the application deadline is 4 weeks before the start of the course. When interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible, because admission is closed when the maximum number of participants (25) is reached.

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For this course funding from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) is available for applicants from NFP countries.  Go to Nuffic NFP website for detailed information. See top of this page for the NFP deadline for this course. Applicants from NFP countries are strongly encouraged to apply for an NFP scholarship. Please note that applicants must apply at ITC for admission to this course and apply for NFP via the following link from KIT.

More information about the NFP scholarship you can find at those websites: