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The Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health is an interdisciplinary online degree. Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contribute to the program via course development, teaching, and advising students. The topics and concepts allow graduates to effectively design and conduct public health-related spatial analysis by applying knowledge and tools learned in the program.

Students will complete 50.5 credits to graduate. The program is designed to be completed in 8 academic terms - two academic years (Sept-May). In addition to the coursework, students must complete an Integrative Activity, where newly acquired knowledge and skills are used to create an applicable activity (e.g., design a study, plot the map and analyze the data) – with a final paper that describes the methodology used and the final assessment.  

Program Competencies

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

Curriculum Structure

Academic YearAcademic TermCurriculum
Year 1 Curriculum
(24 Credits)

Introduction to Online Learning (0 credits, required)
The Role of Qualitative Methods and Science in Describing and Assessing a Population's Health* (.5 credits, required)


Academic and Research Ethics (0 credits, required)
Spatial Analysis for Public Health (4 credits)
Seminars in Public Health (2 credits)

2Spatial Data Technologies for Mapping (4 credits)
Seminars in Public Health: Advanced Topics (2 credits)
3Introduction to Epidemiology (4 credits)
Professional Development Workshop:
Writing for Professionals (2 credits)
4Public Health Statistics 1 (4 credits)
Spatial Analysis Lab 1 (2 credits)
Year 2 Curriculum
(26 credits)
1Public Health Statistics 2 (4 credits)
Professional Development Workshop:
Effective Online Searching (2 credits)
2Intermediate Epidemiology (4 credits)
Spatial Analysis Lab 2 (2 credits)
3Applied Spatial Statistics (4 credits)
Spatial Analysis Journal Club (2 credits)
4Spatial Applications (4 credits)
Integrative Activity (4 credits)

  * offered each year 1st and 3rd term


Course Descriptions



Introduction to Online Learning is a free, mandatory prerequisite for all online courses offered. It’s open to prospective students and designed to give a thorough view into what the online experience on CoursePlus will be like. It also prepares students and faculty for success on the first day of class since everyone is already acclimated to the technology. Introduction to Online Learning will allow students to:

  • 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. For details on the course, including assignments and requirements for completion, please see the Syllabus page.

Ready to test-drive online courses at JHSPH? Register for this class. You can take this free course at any point before or during the application process!


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 2020-2021 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.