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Using R for Bayesian Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Health Modeling

  • 1 Jun 2021
  • 9:00 AM (AEST)
  • 2 Jun 2021
  • 4:00 PM (AEST)
  • Online

Medical University of South Carolina is offering this workshop, it's sequence is designed for those who want to cover mapping methods, and the use of a variety of software and variants in application to small area health data.

The course will include theoretical input, but also practical elements and participants will be involved in hands-on in the use of R, BRugs(OpenBUGS), Nimble, CARBayes and INLA in disease mapping applications. Both human and veterinary examples will be covered in the course as well as simple space-time modelling. Examples will range over congenital anomaly birth data, a lung, larynx and oral cancer example, foot and mouth disease in the UK, and influenza and Covid-19 space-time modeling in South Carolina.

The workshop will be recorded and the recording will be available for some days following the event.

This should enable anyone in markedly different time zones to access the presentation.



Andrew B. Lawson (Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina) is a MUSC Distinguished Professor Emeritus and a World Health Organization (WHO) advisor on Disease Mapping and organized with the WHO an International workshop on this topic which has led to an edited volume “Disease Mapping and Risk Assessment for Public Health”. He recently acted as chief editor of the CRC Handbook of Spatial Epidemiology (2016).

He has published a number of books focused on disease mapping and spatial epidemiology. In particular, the 3rd  edition of the book: Lawson, A. B.  Bayesian Disease Mapping CRC Press, appeared in 2018. The recent addition:

Lawson, A. B. (2021) Using R for Bayesian Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Health Modeling. CRC Press.


There will be a course text for the workshop. A copy of this book is included in the fee for the course.




Detailed information and registration form is available here.

Early bird rate : $500  until May 10th ; normal rate $800 thereafter


Phone registration to: Department of Public Health Sciences 

(843) 876-1578


Fax registration form to: Department of Public Health Sciences

(843) 792-6000

 Email booking and enquiries can be made by contacting Paula Talbot at

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