Master of Applied Science Spatial Analysis for Public Health

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
2-4 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Master of Applied Science 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. 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.

Admission requirements

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.

English Language Proficiency Test

Most international applicants must submit scores of an English language proficiency test. Unless an applicant meets one of the exemption criteria listed below, official English language proficiency test scores less than 2 years old will be required as part of the application. To fulfill this requirement, the Bloomberg School will accept scores from the following tests. Please contact Admissions Services if you have questions about acceptable test scores. We do not accept the TOEFL Essentials or TOEFL IPT.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content

Year 1


  • Introduction to Online Learning
  • Academic and Research Ethics
  • Spatial Analysis for Public Health
  • The Role of Qualitative Methods and Science in Describing and Assessing a Population's Health


  • Spatial Data Technologies for Mapping
  • Seminars in Public Health: Advanced Topics


  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Professional Development Workshop


  • Public Health Statistics 1
  • Spatial Analysis Lab 1

Year 2


  • Public Health Statistics 2
  • Professional Development Workshop


  • Intermediate Epidemiology
  • Spatial Analysis Lab 2


  • Applied Spatial Statistics
  • Spatial Analysis Journal Club


Spatial Applications

Integrative Activity

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information

Program delivery

  • Ensure all tools and applications are properly installed
  • Troubleshoot any component that may not work properly
  • Experience the online tools for peer-to-peer and instructor communication
  • Become familiar with the coursework structure and learning management system

The course takes between 1-4 hours to complete, depending on your skills working online. With the notable exception of one LiveTalk, you can do the class work on your own schedule.


Tuition fee: $59,184 / year


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students should be able to:

  1. Interpret and critique epidemiologic studies addressing public health problems
  2. Apply measures of morbidity and mortality to the evaluation and comparison of the health of populations
  3. Synthesize how geography affects public health
  4. Obtain and transfer information from spatial data technologies into a database appropriate for mapping
  5. Utilize a geographic information system to map and spatially integrate public health related databases
  6. Analyze and interpret maps using tools from the field of spatial statistics to describe and interpret distributions of health outcomes in a population
  7. Design and implement a spatial analysis protocol for addressing a public health problem

Career paths

  • Environmental health officer
  • GIS software developer
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Cartography/visualization specialist
  • Geographic information scientist
  • Geospatial database administrator
  • Spatial statistician

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), the number one ranked school of public health in the world, is dedicated to the improvement of health for all people and the education of a diverse global community of research...

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

615 N. Wolfe Street
21205 Baltimore MD

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