Public Health Graduate Certificate in GIS

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SOPHAS2015Complete your certificate with just 5 online classes. Each class lasts 8 weeks, so you can complete the certificate typically in one year. Selected courses are offered each semester (including summer), both online and in-person.

The role of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, research and spatial analysis is a valuable tool in public health today to better understand the geography of disease and its risk factors. The role of GIS is rapidly increasing in the development of public health policy for targeted prevention and intervention methods. GIS technology is now applied by WHO, the CDC, FEMA, state and local health departments, and various other public health organizations.

In conjunction with UNT’s Department of Geography, the UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health is now offering a 15 semester credit hour (SCH) certificate program to train students for public health research and practice in an academic or industry setting using GIS.

The Public Health  Graduate Certificate in GIS is a 15 SCH program and can be taken independently or as part of a graduate degree program in the School of Public Health. By the completion of the certificate program students will be able to:

  • Understand geographic information science principles in the context of public health
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods of the geospatial analysis of public health information
  • Apply appropriate geospatial methods to public health research, practice, and policy
  • Use GIS software and geodatabase design to access, manage, and analyze spatial health data

Curriculum (15 SCH)

Course Course Title Credits Semesters Offered
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology 3 SCH All
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics 3 SCH All
EOHS 5362 GIS and Health 3 SCH Fall & Spring
EOHS 5364 Medical Geography 3 SCH Spring
EOHS 6366 Spatial Applications in Public Health* 3 SCH Summer

*Course must be taken after the successful completion of EOHS 5362.

Course Descriptions 

 Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Complete Application
  • Application fee

Mail application, application fee and request official transcripts to be sent to:

UNTHSC-School of Public Health
Office of Admission & Academic Services, EAD-716
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107