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Master's Degree

Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Spatial Analysis for Public Health

Online | Part-Time | 24 years

About This Program

The Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health is a fully online degree program offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The curriculum prepares students to effectively collect, map and interpret geographic information to test and refine hypotheses to answer a set of questions within the public health sector.

Advantages of this fully online graduate program:

  • Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through research and application
  • Online delivery gives flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
  • Competitive price point for tuition

Location information, now routinely collected with health data and also obtainable from advancing technologies, is providing a gateway for researchers and practitioners to incorporate the power of geography into public health. Maps have become a powerful and popular mechanism for public health research and practice, not only for conveying information and synthesizing data from multiple sources, but for leading to new and novel directions for analyzing and interpreting public health data.

Live Virtual Open House

Please join us on November 18 for a Live Virtual Open House. We’ll be discussing our Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health and Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health. You’ll have the chance to hear from one of our admissions officers and our program director, Frank Curriero, PhD, along with Associate Scientist Tim Shields, MA, who will provide you with details about the program’s curriculum, admissions process and tuition. They will also answer any questions you may have about the degree and tell you what to expect from these flexible, online graduate programs.

Date: Thursday, November 18
Time: 12:00 PM EST

What Is Spatial Analysis and How is it Different Than GIS?

There are many definitions of spatial analysis; broadly, it is any use or interpretation of geographic information. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a component of spatial analysis, but it is more primarily focused on the mapping software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying spatial data. This program in Spatial Analysis covers a more encompassing set of skills, introducing and reinforcing the spatial science paradigm – a unifying comprehensive approach that includes components of spatial data, Geographic Information Systems and spatial statistics.

Spatial Data Keeping pace with advancing technologies to obtain, collect and create spatial information relevant to a specific application
GIS Mapping software for integrating, manipulating and displaying spatial data, allowing simultaneous visualization of multiple layers of spatial information
Spatial Statistics Tools to go beyond the map. Employing statistical techniques to describe, analyze and interpret layers of mapped data

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Spatial analysis is an emerging field, with advancing technologies and evolving applications that are vast and paramount to addressing public health issues. The carefully sequenced courses of the MAS in Spatial Analysis for Public Health meet the increasing demand for this expertise through the comprehensive spatial science paradigm, which brings together components of spatial data, GIS and spatial statistics. Building on foundations in epidemiology and biostatistics, graduates will be able to effectively design and conduct public health-related spatial analysis by applying knowledge and tools learned in the program.

Applications of spatial analysis are impacting public health both locally and globally. Some examples:

  • Characterizing environmental conditions such as traffic, poverty, climate and water quality
  • Characterizing accessibility to care, healthy/unhealthy food outlets, and pollution sources
  • Providing tools for improved air pollution exposure assessment
  • Linking characterizations of the environment to changes in health
  • Identifying and evaluating suspected cancer clusters
  • Mapping the risk of malaria or other infectious diseases

Sample Careers

  • Environmental Health Officer/Specialist
  • Geospatial Analyst/Statistician
  • Information Management Officer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Spatial Science Manager
  • Geospatial Database Administrator


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory




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Admissions Requirements

For the general admissions requirements see our How to Apply page. The specific program also requires:

Prior Coursework

Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability


Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

Program Faculty Spotlights

Frank Curriero

Frank Curriero


Frank Curriero, PhD, works to develop and advance the use of spatial science methods (spatial data, GIS, spatial statistics) across the broad spectrum of public health

Tuition and Funding

The OPAL MAS programs have competitive price points and substantial tuition scholarships. The admission application also serves as your scholarship application. All admitted students are awarded the OPAL scholarship.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)
Elizabeth Topper Golub, PhD, MEd, MPH

Director, MAS and Certificate programs in Spatial Analysis for Public Health
Frank Curriero, PhD

Academic Program Manager, OPAL
Christina Potter, MBA

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

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