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Spatial Analysis for Public Health Certificate Program

Offered By: Master of Applied science (MAS) Office

Online | Part-Time | 1 - 3 years

About the Spatial Analysis for Public Health Certificate Program

Spatial analysis is an emerging field with applications evolving that are vast and paramount, impacting public health at the local and global level. The carefully sequenced courses of the certificate program in Spatial Analysis for Public Health introduce and reinforce a unifying comprehensive spatial science paradigm, to include components of Spatial Data, GIS and Spatial Statistics.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the certificate program in Spatial Analysis for Public Health the individual will be able to:

  1. Synthesize how geography affects public health;
  2. Obtain and transfer information from spatial data technologies into a database appropriate for mapping;
  3. Utilize a geographic information system to map and spatially integrate public health related databases;
  4. Analyze maps using tools from the field of spatial statistics to describe and interpret distributions of health outcomes in a population;
  5. Design and implement a spatial analysis protocol for addressing a public health problem. 

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Curriculum for the Spatial Analysis for Public Health Certificate Program

Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

Individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or other schools at the Johns Hopkins University are not eligible for this certificate program.


Non-Degree Students

The certificate program is open to members of the public health workforce seeking formal education and training to effectively design and conduct public health-related spatial analysis. The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants should be able to demonstrate quantitative ability through professional or academic background in order to apply for the program. Additionally, students must also be able to demonstrate a background in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

Eligible Start Terms:


Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree applicant

Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.

For more information about the certificate program, please email

Prerequisites or special requirements

Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability and prior training in biostatistics and epidemiology

Application for Non-Degree Students


Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Contact Us

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

Request more information or call us at 410-955-3543 to speak with an admissions officer. You can also reach us via email at

Certificate Program Advisers
Frank Curriero, PhD
Professor, and Program Director for Certificate and MAS in Spatial Analysis for Public Health

Tim Shields, MA
Senior Scientist, and Program Co-Director for Certificate and MAS in Spatial Analysis for Public Health

For Program-wide Issues
Elizabeth F. Topper,  PhD, MEd, MPH
Research Professor, and Director, Master of Applied Science (MAS) Programs

For additional information, please email