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.
Upon completion of the certificate program in Spatial Analysis for Public Health the individual will be able to:
- Synthesize how geography affects public health;
- Obtain and transfer information from spatial data technologies into a database appropriate for mapping;
- Utilize a geographic information system to map and spatially integrate public health related databases;
- Analyze maps using tools from the field of spatial statistics to describe and interpret distributions of health outcomes in a population;
- Design and implement a spatial analysis protocol for addressing a public health problem.
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.
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.
Students interested in obtaining the related OPAL degree - the Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health - may apply all of the course credits of the certificate program to the MAS program upon application and admission, as long as courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation in the MAS program. For specific questions about the MAS program, please contact the OPAL office directly at JHSPH.Applied-Learning@jhu.edu.
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 call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.
Prerequisites or special requirements
Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability and prior training in biostatistics and epidemiology
Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.
Questions about the program? We're happy to help.
Certificate Program Advisers
Frank Curriero, PhD
Professor, and Program Director for Certificate and MAS in Spatial Analysis for Public Health
Tim Shields, MA
Associate 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
Senior Lecturer, and Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)
For additional information, please email OPAL-Office@jhu.edu.