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Learn Spatial Methods to Improve Public Health When it comes to public health, data proves that location matters. As a result, today’s public health practitioners are learning how to use spatial data and geo-information techniques to solve public health problems. If this emerging field of study interests you, learn more about our GeoHealth track now:

GeoHealth Track Courses

PM 536 Program Evaluation and Research, 4 units

Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs

SSCI 581 Concepts for Spatial Thinking, 4 units

The unique characteristics and importance of spatial information as they relate to the evolving science, technology and applications of geographic information systems

SSCI 583 Spatial Analysis, 4 units

Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate the spatial patterns which result from social and physical processes operating at or near the Earth's surface

SSCI 588 Remote Sensing for GIS, 4 units

Principles of remote sensing and satellite systems, and role of remote sensing data in GIS applications

SSCI 589 Cartography and Visualization, 4 units

Principles of visual perception, spatial cognition and cartographic design and their contributions to the maps, animations, virtual reality and multimedia displays produced with modern GIS

Track Total: 20

GeoHealth Careers

For individuals who want to work at the forefront of public health management, the field of geospatial health sciences provides a variety of career opportunities in local, regional, state, federal and international health agencies.

Job titles in GeoHealth can include:

  • Data Manager
  • Field Researcher
  • Geographer
  • GeoSpatial Analyst
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Visual Information Specialist

Organizations using GIS data, mapping and spatial analysis in Public Health include:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Library of Medicine
  • Department of Public Health
  • Trust for America’s Health
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
  • National Cancer Intelligence Network
  • Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network
  • National Institutes of Health
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of American Geographers
  • National Science Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Clinton Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • The World Health Organization
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services