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Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health 


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers fully online, part-time master's degree and certificate programs, designed for working professionals. Our Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL) focus on emergent industry sectors that have a resounding need for highly skilled professionals. 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:

  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. 


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 program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis and can be completed by taking all courses.

The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Students 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.

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

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



Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions for applying in SOPHAS Express. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.


The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 term credits and successful completion of all courses for a letter grade, as well as a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. The certificate program length is flexible; it can be completed in as little as one year, and must be completed within three years.

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements. The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar. 


Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered for students in OPAL programs. Courses are offered during specific terms each year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required. 

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term


Introduction to Online Learning

All Students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.

01,2,3,4, Summer

Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

01,2,3,4, Summer
601.731Spatial Analysis for Public Health41
601.732Spatial Data Technologies for Mapping 42
601.733Applied Spatial Statistics43
601.805Spatial Statistics Journal Club23
601.734Spatial Applications44


Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak to an admissions officer.


At this time, non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid. You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.