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: 05-10-2022.

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1. GIS Mini Courses

  • - October 20, 22, and 27, 2021
    • - Basic level min course to introduce participants to ArcGIS Pro software.
    • - Participants will learn how to create maps that communicate information clearly.
    • - Participants will participate in group discussions and create a map with ArcGIS Pro.
    • - Learn how to describe important concepts in data visualization.
  • - December 1, 3, and 8, 2021
    • - Basic level mini course to introduce participants to ArcGIS Online (AGOL).
    • - Participants will learn how to manage a map project and symbolize data in AGOL.
    • - Participants will learn how to use AGOL to create and share maps.
    • - Discussions on the use of GIS in public health settings, key terms, concepts, and familiarity with web maps.
  • - February 2, 4, and 9, 2022
    • - Fast-paced, intermediate level mini course.
    • - Participants will compare and contrast techniques for measuring geographic access to healthcare facilities.
    • - Participants will assess geographic accessibility to resources of interest.
  • - April 6, 8, and 13, 2022
    • - Basic level mini course, however, participants should come with a working map that they have previously developed.
    • - Course will focus on applying cartographic principles and creating high quality maps.
    • - Participants will enhance a map that they began creating prior to this mini course.
    • - Participants will focus on a specific message and audience for their map.
    • - Course will review key map components: color, scale, resolution, legends, labels and symbols.
  • - June 1, 3, and 8, 2022
    • - Fast-paced, intermediate level mini course.
    • - Participants will be introduced to the newly revised Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST) in ArcGIS.
    • - Participants will explore and interpret output from the RST.
    • - Interactive demonstrations of the RST will be provided.


*  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


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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.
If you have any questions please contact Joshua Tootoo @ jtootoo@nd.edu