North Texas introduces new Public Health Graduate Certificate in GIS

Posted Date: August 27, 2012

The School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), Fort Worth, Texas, has introduced a new Public Health Graduate Certificate Program in Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, research and spatial analysis, which can be added to either the Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree plan.

GIS is a valuable tool in public health today to better understand the geography of disease and its risk factors, and 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 the University of North Texas’ (UNT) Department of Geography, the new UNTHSC 15-credit-hour certificate program is designed to train students for public health research and practice in an academic or industry setting using GIS.

“Our goal with this new certificate program is to help prepare students for the latest challenges and opportunities in the field,” said Dr. David A. Sterling, Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Interim Chair of the Department of Epidemiology. “As public health research continues to evolve, it’s important to understand and utilize the latest technologies available today.”