LLUHGIS Academic Offerings

  • Beginning in the Fall of 2016, the new public health core (PCOR), which is required of all MPH students now has an introductory GIS module, which allows exposure for all MPH majors
  • Plans are underway to explore GIS modules for other academic programs such as MBA, MS, and PhD since they take a different PH core than the MPH/DrPH students
  • The health geoinformatics certificate has been modified and approved as a 12-unit online cognate/certificate program, which can be completed within a year. Upon completion of the certificate**, students will be able to use GIS to analyze and create data-driven maps to help guide decision makers in health settings. Table 1 shows details of the one year certificate program and the classes since it was launched in Summer 2017. Students can also use courses in the certificate as electives.

Table 1 HGIS Cognate/Certificate

Course name

Units

Quarter

HGIS 522 Principles of GIS

2

Summer

HGIS 524 GIS Software Applications and Methods

3

Summer

HGIS 535 Integration of Geospatial Data in GIS

2

Fall

HGIS 536 Spatial Analytic Techniques in GIS

3

Winter

*HGIS 524 GIS Software Applications and Methods

3

Winter

HGIS 547 GIS for Public Health Practice

2

Spring

*HGIS 524 offered two different quarters.
**GIS certification at LLUH is contingent upon above courses as well as completion of 1 unit of religion.

The LLUHGIS program continues to expose students and faculty to Health GIS applications and educational opportunities through Ad-hoc GIS presentations at various grand rounds and research symposiums across LLUH campus

Health Workforce Development

Given that every public health office in the country has access to Esri’s GIS software, which is not being used maximally, LLUHGIS strives to promote scientifically sound public health practices, research, and dissemination of health-related data to provide working health professionals (locally and globally) with GIS and necessary spatial statistics tools to explore health, epidemic patterns of diseases, and to understand the impact of the environment on human health through training and education.

Every year, LLUGIS organize and execute a number of training and continuing professional education programs for health professionals locally and internationally. The number of attendees to some of these programs is increasing exponentially and in some cases a waiting list has been recorded.