GIS Capacity Building
Training Opportunities for 2020-2021

We have an exciting array of GIS training opportunities for state and local health department staff that will be available from September 2020 – July 2021.

  • 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 as information becomes available. Last updated: 6-22-2021.

1. One Week Webinars

  • 2021 Spring Webinar 1: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online* - January 12, 14, and 19, 2021
    • Course completed, course contents available here:
    • In this one-week intensive web-based GIS training course, we will discuss how to manage a map project and symbolize data in ArcGIS Pro. You will explore the ways ArcGIS Pro works with ArcGIS Online to assist map creation and sharing.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Discuss the use of GIS in public health settings;
      • Introduce the ArcGIS (Pro & Online) interface and key terms/concepts; and
      • Become familiar with using web maps.
  • 2021 Spring Webinar 2: Understanding geographic access through proximity based analyses** - May 11, 13, and 18, 2021
    • Registration closed, course materials will be uploaded soon
    • In this webinar, we will discuss concepts that address access to healthcare and resources. We will compare and contrast techniques for measuring spatial accessibility to health care and healthcare resources, apply methods that quantify geographic accessibility for populations of interest, and create maps that display geographic patterns of spatial accessibility to healthcare and health care resources.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Discuss the concepts of access to healthcare;
      • Explore proximity-based tools in the GIS setting; and
      • Applying proximity information to inform understanding of resources in space: geographic accessibility.
  • 2021 Spring Webinar 3: Polishing your maps with cartographic best practices* - Augest 10, 12, and 17, 2021
    • Please use this link to register:
    • In this webinar each participant will start with a map that he/she has created and wants to enhance cartographically. Each participant should have a specific message and audience in mind for the selected map. This webinar will focus on applying cartographic principles and achieving publication quality maps. Please note participants must have an existing map and access to the relevant data.
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Review the map design process;
      • Explore practical matters such as color, scale, and resolution; and
      • Discuss best practices related to: legends, labels, and symbols

*  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 @
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.