Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health*
The new Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health (MSAPH) combines expertise on public health issues with GIS technologies. Spatial health data is fundamental to assess hazards from environmental exposure and the impact of health intervention towards the well-being of communities.
Geospatial analysts can use spatial data to determine important health demographics such as disease causation and spread prevention, disaster risk factors, genetic disease likelihood, physical and mental behavioural trends, and economic affect. These issues are on the rise and experts are needed globally.
* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.
- UC has the top ranked research department in New Zealand for ‘other health studies’ (the most recent Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF Assessment).
- UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Geography, and in the top 200 for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
- The only programme of its kind in Australasia.
- UC hosts both the GeoHealth Laboratory/Te Tai Whenua o te Hau Ora and UC has extensive research strengths and strategic partnerships in the field of geospatial technology, such as the Geospatial Research Institute.
- Scholarships for students in this master’s will be available through GeoHealth Laboratory and the Ministry of Health.
- Geospatial science, particularly from a public health focus, is recognised on Immigration NZ’s current Long-Term Skill Shortage List.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Students should have achieved at least a B average in 300-level courses in their undergraduate degree.
Some basic previous experience in statistics, programming and/or GIS is an advantage.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The MSAPH contains 180 points of coursework, plus a 60-point community project.
The master’s can be completed in 12 months full-time, and 24-36 months part-time.
The MSAPH includes seven compulsory courses, and a project over the summer at a workplace or with direct relevance to a community.
- GISC 404 Spatial Analysis
- GISC 411 GIS in Health
- GISC 412 Spatial Algorithms and Programming
- HLTH 402 Health Information Management
- HLTH 462 Health Intervention Research Methods
- STAT 447 Official Statistics
- STAT 448 Big Data
- GEOG 692 Workplace or Community Based Research Project (60 points)
Students may go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in a large variety of related subjects, for example Geography.
Graduates with geospatial science and health analytical skills will find themselves well-suited to work as spatial analysts, health policy makers, GIS software developers, environmental health officers, statisticians and administrators in health research groups, DHBs, health ministries and other public health sector organisations.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health.
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