Saint Louis University's Geospatial Health Certificate is a 15-credit training program that provides students the public health and geographic information systems coursework to identify and better understand the role that location has on health behaviors and outcomes. Students will develop skills in mapping, analyzing data and using spatial data to answer some of public health’s most challenging problems. This certification is particularly for graduate students from a variety of health and social science disciplines, working professionals seeking geospatial analysis skills, and students taking a ‘gap year.’
SLU's Geospatial Health Certificate is a 15-credit program that includes core public health and GIS courses, with a capstone course, Health and Place.
Fieldwork and Research Opportunities
Students will have opportunities to work with faculty and advisors focused on research projects in community- and government-based, health care and public health settings.
Students who complete SLU's Geospatial Health Certificate will be well-positioned for jobs in data science, health planning and public health research and practice, as well as other fields that intersect with GIS, including hospital and health care administration and urban planning.
For current SLU students, admission requirements will be the same as for the existing Master of Public Health program. For working professionals, we will not require the GRE, nor will there be prerequisites to begin the coursework. Applicants outside of the University who are non-M.P.H. or enrolled in a graduate program at Saint Louis University will apply through SOPHAS Express, the common application system for public health schools and programs. Applicants will be able to include this as part of their interest during their application process. Current and incoming students will inform the M.P.H. program coordinator and work with the faculty advisor.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
For more information about student loans, please visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
The College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Graduates will be able to develop a final project consisting of finding data, compiling the data into a geodatabase, performing analysis, producing GIS output, and modeling lattice and spatial point data.
Graduates will be able to design, implement and present a health-focused GIS-based research project.
Graduates will be able to critically analyze research findings and health and social policies to better understand how to improve problem solving and decision making about health and community resources.
Alternatively, this certificate can be completed part-time over two years, taking one course per semester plus one course during the summer in-between Years 1 and 2.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.