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ArcGIS Exercise: Vaccine Distribution Analysis


Approximately 45 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Vaccine Distribution Analysis" is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to apply ArcGIS geographic information system tools to provide logistical support for the distribution of vaccines during a smallpox epidemic scenario by solving road network, routing, and service area problems. It is an exercise in tutorial format, with step-by-step instructions utilizing data for the State of Hawai`i.

It requires access to ArcGIS ArcView version 9.1, 9.2, or later, and the Network Analyst extension. Evaluation copies of the software are available at the following URL:

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


The material covered in this course is related, in part, to the following capabilities from the Homeland Security Target Capabilities List:
  1. Common: Communications
  2. Common: Planning
  3. Protect: Epidemiological Surveillance and Investigation
  4. Respond: Critical Resource Logistics & Distribution
  5. Respond: Emergency Public Information and Warning
  6. Respond: Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, Related services)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Use network analysis GIS tools to create network datasets from roads layers
  2. Apply network analysis tools and network datasets to find best vaccine distribution routes, alternative routes, and driving directions between airport locations and vaccination clinics
  3. Apply network analysis tools and network datasets to determine service areas around locations of emergency vaccination clinics and identify areas requiring mobile vaccination clinics

Target Audiences:

Administrators, Emergency/Disaster Planners, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.