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Spatial Science for Public Health Center

Harnessing the Power of Geography in Public Health

The science of spatial analysis, its development, application, and practice, is inherently multidisciplinary. Maps have become a powerful and integral tool in public health research and practice for conveying spatial information and synthesizing data from multiple sources, and as a catalyst for developing new directions for analyzing and interpreting public health data. However, the field of spatial analysis continues to evolve along a continuum of efforts and areas of expertise.  These components include advancing technologies for the collection and creation of spatial information - for example as derived from satellite imagery and cell phone tracking. Further areas focus on the software for mapping and integration of spatial data within a geographic information system as well as the methods of spatial statistics for the analysis and interpretation of mapped data.

The Johns Hopkins Spatial Science for Public Health Center (SSPHC), a joint effort by the departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, promotes a comprehensive approach towards spatial analysis bringing together these key components under a unifying paradigm. Through research and training, the SSPHC provides a nexus for researchers, practitioners and students from various disciplines to continue to develop and advance the field of spatial analysis.

Our Work

The SSPHC supports and promotes work in spatial analysis encompassing research, training and practice/service.

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Online Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health

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.