Mapping Health Data across the UK.

You are going to use a website called to present some UK health data on a map. GIS stands for geographical information systems and allows us to understand the relationship between health outcomes and location.

How to use ArcGIS

  1. Go to
  2. Click on make a map
  3. Now click on Add in the top left hand corner and then ‘add layer from file’ from the drop down menu.
  4. You need to find the results from last week. They are in Student Shared>Geography>Year 12> select Health Data
  5. Now click import layer.
  6. A map should now have been completed. If you have any problems see Mr Turner

You now have a map that shows the location of all of the locations from the data table.

Data Presenation

Now you are going to use this map to present 4 different health outcome variables which you will then analyse.

Follow these steps.

  1. If you hold your cursor over the ticked cell on the contents pane on the left hand side an arrow will appear.
  2. Click on the arrow.
  3. Select change symbols
  4. Then select size
  5. Then from the drop down ‘To show’ menu select one of the variables.
  6. Press apply and the size of your dots on the map will change to fit the data that has been collected.
  7. To improve your map alter the class size and change the symbol until you get something you are happy with.
  8. Finally print screen and add this to a word document  with an appropriate heading.

To see a finsihed example click here.


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