The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine held a short course entitled "Introduction to spatial analysis in R" on January 17-18, 2019.
More than 20 FHS graduate students attended the course on how to load and interact with spatial data in R. On the first day the students had a hands-on introduction to data manipulation and visualization in R. Participants learned how to get data in an analysis ready format and create publication quality graphs using the packages dplyr and ggplot2. On the second day, they learned how to visualize and manipulate spatial data, including creating buffers, performing distance calculations, and creating maps.
Over two days, the course was moderated by Professor John Edmunds, and Research Fellow Dr. Christopher Jarvis, from the Department of In fectious Disease Epidemiology at the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Throughout the course the students explored how to: (i) load, manipulate and visualize data in R; (ii) load, manipulate, and visualize spatial data in R; and (iii) perform basic spatial operations such as buffering and distance calculations.
The course was funded by the UK Research and Innovation as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.