Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health
The 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 wellbeing 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.
- The only programme of its kind in Australasia.
- UC hosts Te Tai Whenua o te Hauora | GeoHealth Laboratory, and UC has extensive research strengths and strategic partnerships in the field of geospatial technology, such as Toi Hangarau | Geospatial Research Institute.
- Scholarships for students in this Master’s will be available through Te Tai Whenua o te Hauora | GeoHealth Laboratory and Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
- Geospatial science, particularly from a public health focus, is recognised on Immigration NZ’s current Long-Term Skill Shortage List.
You will need to have achieved at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses in your undergraduate degree, and have some basic previous experience in GIS and statistics.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
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, including a 60-point community project.
The Master’s can be completed in 12–18 months full-time, and 2–3 years part-time.
The MSAPH includes seven compulsory courses, and a project over the summer at a workplace or with direct relevance to a community.
- GEOG694 Community or Workplace Based Project (60 points)
You may go on to 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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See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||180||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$13,362|
|2022||180||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$13,005|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||180||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$60,000||$52,174|
|2023||180||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$61,500||$53,478|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health.
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