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Using GIS for Global Health (GIS)

KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)

Certificate / Diploma Short course Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Health care, social services and care services
Course summary Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful tool for planning and assessment of health interventions. This course provides participants with skills necessary to apply GIS in disease control.
Course description Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful tool for planning and assessment of health interventions and is increasingly recognized as an essential tool in disease control. GIS can effectively be applied to improve health care provision in disease control programmes, where new perspectives and approaches are needed. This course provides participants knowledge and skills on how GIS can be used for i) epidemiological assessment of patterns of disease in time and place; ii) assessment of accessibility to health care facilities and iii) visualizing Health Management Information – for monitoring and evaluation of programme performance such as programme indicators, human resources, and laboratory performance indicators. This course uses a combination of theoretical lectures, hands on exercises and case studies as well as examples from the field presented by external specialists. Diseases covered include a wide spectrum of water related, vector borne and sexually transmitted as well as globally emerging diseases such as: Cholera, Malaria, TB, HIV, helminth, Q-fever, SARS. The course will use ArcGIS/R. Participants will obtain a one-year student licence of ArcGIS.
Study subjects Basic techniques in GIS; geo-referencing; digitizing; using GPS; data entry and handling; data storage; creation of different kinds of maps; visualization and cartopraphic concepts; neighbourhood operations; creation of buffers; distance and context operators; exploration of patterns of disease in space and time examining spatial data that describe the location.
Course objectives At the end of the module participants will be able to: explain the purpose of GIS in disease control programs, use basic techniques in GIS for visualization of health data, produce and interpret health maps, analyse data in a spatial matter, use GIS as a tool for planning and evaluation of disease control programmes.
ECTS credits 3.00
Duration 10 day(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer exercise, computer modeling, excursion, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, self study, working group
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About the institution

Department Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Information about the institution KIT is a not-for-profit knowledge and expertise organisation for international and intercultural cooperation. Through master programmes, short courses and institutional support, KIT equips health professionals to be leaders in addressing public health challenges around the world. KIT has offered training programs on international public health since 1963. Currently this includes two International Masters Programs and a wide range of short courses and online courses. The courses respond to current global developments in the health field. KIT’s courses are known for their practical applicability, the multidisciplinary approach and the interactive, participatory training methods. Courses at KIT are followed by health professionals from all over the world. KIT’s Masters courses are given in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and are accredited the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). In addition advanced courses are all accredited by TropEd, an international network of institutions for higher education in international health.


Admission requirements
  1. Bachelor in a health related field.
  2. The course is open to professionals in the health sector and is aimed at: programme officers, data managers working in disease control, researchers, students in the field of public health or epidemiology. Proficiency in English and computer literacy are requirements for the course. Prior exposure to GIS, including practical skills in GIS, is not needed to follow this course.
Language requirements
IELTS listening 6.0
IELTS overall band 6.0
IELTS reading 6.0
IELTS speaking 6.0
IELTS writing 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 5.5
Professional experience required -
Duration 10 day(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
24 Jun 2019 24 Apr 2019 24 Apr 2019
22 Jun 2020 22 Apr 2020 22 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2010n.a.n.a.
2020 (FT)€ 2050n.a.n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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