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PHGIS Certificate Program

PHGIS Certificate Program

The complex challenges posed by public health threats demand that public health professionals have a concrete understanding of the relationships among the various factors affecting health. In recent years, public health practitioners have grown increasingly aware of the value geographic information systems (GIS) can add in developing an effective framework for action. GIS systems make it possible for public health professionals to visualize population health problems within the context of available social services, demographic factors and changes in environmental variables.

The UIC Public Health Geographic Information Systems online certificate program provides students with an understanding of fundamental GIS tools and their practical applications. Combining cartography, spatial analysis and data management, GIS is a rapidly emerging field in public health.


Students receive advanced training from the experienced faculty of the UIC School of Public Health, as well as from practicing public health professionals. Students will acquire the following skills and knowledge:

  • Comprehension of the goals and analytical methods common to the public health informatics field
  • Command of the basic structure of spatial databases
  • Operational understanding of the most widely used GIS software package (ArcGIS)
  • Ability to consult and communicate effectively with stakeholders, interest groups and regulatory bodies by means of powerful spatial visualization tools
  • A clear understanding of how to apply GIS technology to public health problems




Edward Mensah

Faculty and instructors possess an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to plan, specify and manage the implementation of public health geographic information system projects. Read More.




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