Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health
Fully Online, Part time
1 ‒ 3 years
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:
- 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.
COURSE OF STUDY
Students should check the JHSPH catalogue to view the full list of required courses and to confirm when they are offered for students in the OPAL program. Courses are offered during specific terms each year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.
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 JHSPH.Applied-Learning@jhu.edu.
Different certificate programs are open to different audiences. This program is only open to students who are applying as non-students (not already enrolled in a JHSPH program). Please refer to the OPAL Admissions page for full details on admissions requirements needed to apply to the Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health.
Please visit the page on the JHSPH website that addresses certificate program tuition. Interested students should visit the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and a link for applying in 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 before submitting an application, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.
NOTE: Students enrolled in MAS degree programs are not eligible to apply to JHSPH certificate programs until they have completed their degree program.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 term credits and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Students must earn a minimum grade on a set of required program-specific core courses: “Pass” for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis: “C” or higher for courses offered for letter grading. 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.
GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM INFORMATION
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.
Get In Touch
Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.
Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
* Total tuition using rates for the 2021-2022 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.