The online certificate in Spatial Sciences for Global Health provides interdisciplinary training in key aspects of global public health and spatial sciences methodologies that can be used to improve public health. Training is aimed at professionals in or seeking data analyst positions in public health, including within the private and public sectors, such as government agencies, United Nations agencies, consulting firms and research institutions. Participants will be introduced to key trends in global health, core concepts and methods of planning and implementing health-related research and programs in resource-constrained settings, and the application of spatial sciences concepts, methodologies and software programs that can be used to address global public health challenges. Online courses are taken through the Keck School of Medicine (8 units) and the Spatial Sciences Institute at USC Dornsife College (8 units). The program can be completed in as few as three semesters or over the course of three years.
Applicants for the certificate must make a formal application for admission to the certificate program and provide transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (if applicable), a resume and a statement of purpose. The GRE is not required.
This certificate program can serve as a possible “stepping stone” toward the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. Up to 12 units may be applied toward both the certificate and the core or electives in the MPH. Note that students must apply and be admitted to the MPH program and must earn a grade of “B” or better in a course to be eligible to transfer that course toward the degree program. Completion of the certificate does not automatically guarantee admission to the MPH program.
The certificate in Spatial Sciences for Global Health is also open to students who are currently enrolled in another graduate program at USC and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA. These students only need to submit the appropriate paperwork, which may be obtained from the student services adviser, and pay associated tuition costs for adding the certificate program.