GIS Capacity Building
Training Opportunities for 2021-2022

We have an exciting array of GIS training opportunities for state and local health department staff that will be available from October 2021 – July 2022.

  • All training opportunities will be offered virtually until further notice.
  • Training will include didactic sessions, hands on exercises, access to GIS experts, and the completion of map projects.

Note: This page will be updated frequently as information becomes available. Please come back to check frequently.
Last updated: 9-01-2021.


1. GIS Mini Courses

  • GIS Mini Course 1: A gentle introduction to ArcGIS Pro* - October 20, 22, and 27, 2021
    • Please register here: https://forms.gle/JR4Y1iASJdoTkaSq7
    • In this module, we will introduce working with ArcGIS Pro and discuss how to use the software to work with spatial data. You will become familiar with the ArcGIS Pro interface, and will learn how to display data on a meaningful map that communicates a story to an audience.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Introduce GIS Software and become comfortable navigating an ArcGIS Pro Project
      • Discuss the map design process and create your first flat map with ArcGIS Pro
      • Describe important concepts in data visualization
  • GIS Mini Course 2: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online* - December 1, 3, and 8, 2021
    • Details to be determined
  • GIS Mini Course 3: Understanding geographic access through proximity based analyses ** - February 2, 4, and 9, 2022
    • Details to be determined
  • GIS Mini Course 4: Polishing your maps with cartographic best practices* - April 6, 8, and 13, 2022
    • Details to be determined
  • GIS Mini Course 5: Introducing the RST** - June 1, 3, and 8, 2022
    • Details to be determined


*  Basic workshop, introductory level.
** Fast paced workshop designed for those with an intermediate level of GIS experience/skill.


2. Short Courses (each short course will be 4 – 6 weeks)

  • GIS, Chronic Disease and COVID-19 – October-November 2020
    • Participants will create maps that address both chronic disease and COVID-19.
    • GIS Level: Basic to Intermediate

    We are no longer accepting applications for this course. Training materials will be made publicly available in the coming months. Stay tuned.


  • Using the Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST) – January-February 2021
  • We are no longer accepting applications for this course. Training materials will be made publicly available in the coming months. Stay tuned.



3. Standard Course (5 months)

Using GIS to address Chronic Disease Priorities in State Health Departments – February-July 2021

  • Participants will learn and apply basic GIS skills (familiar with the software interface, know how to browse spatial data, etc.) to priority areas defined by each health department.
  • GIS Level: Beginner
  • Health Departments will be selected based on criteria’s defined by CDC-CEHI-NACDD
  • State Health Department staff only


If you have any questions please contact Joshua Tootoo @ jtootoo@nd.edu
This work is supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 5NU38OT000286-03, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.