LMU Klinikum
Center for International Health CIHLMU
CIHLMU is a center at LMU Klinikum

Introduction to Health Geographic Information System (GIS)

This course has been accredited by tropEd Network for Higher Education Institutions in International Health.

Next Dates: March 04 - 08, 2024
Course Language: English
Registration: opens in due time
Registration Deadline: February 18, 2024
Course credits: 3 ECTS
Costs: EUR 600
Location: Tuerkenstrasse 89, 80799 Munich, Germany
Requirement: a basic understanding of public health concepts and some familiarity with statistical methods (from Descriptives to simple linear regression)


  • Theoretical background on concepts of health geography and spatial epidemiology
  • Use of GISs in epidemiology and health care
  • Selected quantitative methods used in health geography and spatial epidemiology
  • Presentation of spatial distribution of diseases, health determinants, and geographical aspects of health care
  • Processing and analysis of self-collected data into a GIS
  • Creation and presentation of maps on different health topics

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

  • critically discuss the relationship between health and geography,
  • explain spatial disparities in health,
  • apply GPS methods to create maps on health indicators in a given environment,
  • apply basic functions of a geographic information system (GIS) for spatial distribution and analysis in epidemiology, and
  • discuss underlying problems of the analysis with spatial data.

Target Audience:

Public health professionals, epidemiologists, researchers, health policy planners, and anyone interested in the confluence of geography and health.


Registration für 2024 will be opened in due time.

Cancellation policy: For cancellations made before the registration deadline, a non-refundable fee of 100 EUR will be charged. For cancellations made after the registration deadline until the course start, a non-refundable fee of 300 EUR will be charged. In case of no-shows or cancellations from the start of the course, the full course fee will be charged.