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 Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health


Fully Online, Part time


2 ‒ 4 years

Credits required


The OPAL Scholarship

All students will be awarded
$460 per credit.

Approximate tuition after scholarship: $737/credit*

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A fully online, part-time degree offered by the No. 1 school of public health in the country.

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. View the curriculum.

Advantages of this fully online graduate program:

  • Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through research and application
  • Online delivery gives flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
  • Competitive price point for tuition

Location information, now routinely collected with health data and also obtainable from advancing technologies, is providing a gateway for researchers and practitioners to incorporate the power of geography into public health. Maps have become a powerful and popular mechanism for public health research and practice, not only for conveying information and synthesizing data from multiple sources, but for leading to new and novel directions for analyzing and interpreting public health data.

What is Spatial Analysis and how is it different than GIS?

There are many definitions of spatial analysis; broadly, it is any use or interpretation of geographic information. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a component of spatial analysis, but it is more primarily focused on the mapping software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying spatial data. This program in Spatial Analysis covers a more encompassing set of skills, introducing and reinforcing the spatial science paradigm – a unifying comprehensive approach that includes components of spatial data, Geographic Information Systems and spatial statistics.

Spatial DataKeeping pace with  advancing  technologies to obtain, collect and create spatial information relevant to a specific application
GISMapping software for integrating, manipulating and displaying spatial data, allowing simultaneous visualization of multiple layers of spatial information
Spatial StatisticsTools to go beyond the map. Employing statistical techniques to describe, analyze and interpret layers of mapped data


The Value of a Unifying Comprehensive Paradigm

Spatial analysis is an emerging field, with advancing technologies and evolving applications that are vast and paramount to addressing public health issues. The carefully sequenced courses of the MAS in Spatial Analysis for Public Health meet the increasing demand for this expertise through the comprehensive spatial science paradigm, which brings together components of spatial data, GIS and spatial statistics. Building on foundations in epidemiology and biostatistics, graduates will be able to effectively design and conduct public health-related spatial analysis by applying knowledge and tools learned in the program.

Applications of spatial analysis are impacting public health both locally and globally. Some examples:

  • Characterizing environmental conditions such as traffic, poverty, climate and water quality
  • Characterizing accessibility to care, healthy/unhealthy food outlets, and pollution sources
  • Providing tools for improved air pollution exposure assessment
  • Linking characterizations of the environment to changes in health
  • Identifying and evaluating suspected cancer clusters
  • Mapping the risk of malaria or other infectious diseases


Program Events

Virtual Open House

Join us on Thursday March 12th for a live Virtual Open House. We’ll be discussing our online Master of Applied Science (MAS) and Graduate Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health.

You'll have the chance to hear from one of our admissions officers and the Program Director, Frank Curriero, PhD, who will provide you with details about the program curricula, admissions process and tuition and scholarship information. They will also answer any questions you may have and tell you what to expect from these flexible, online graduate programs.

  • Date: March 12, 2020
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 PM EDT
  • To register for the event, click here.


Get In Touch

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

OPAL Program Office

  • Elizabeth Golub, PhD, MEd
    Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning
    Phone: (410) 502-2502
  • Frank Curriero, PhD
    Director, MAS and Certificate programs in Spatial Analysis for Public Health
    Phone: (410) 614-5817

Admissions Requirements

OPAL Programs are designed for working professionals. Find out how to apply, and expand your knowledge and career potential in one of these emerging industry sectors.

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Fall 2020 Deadlines

  • JULY 1, 2020
  • JULY 1, 2020

Deadline for all OPAL Programs is now July 1, 2020 to accommodate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting docs due July 8.

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* Total tuition using rates for the 2019-2020 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.