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Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


12 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


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 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.

The MSAPH contains 180 points of coursework, including a 60-point community project. The MSAPH includes seven compulsory courses, and a project over the summer at a workplace or with direct relevance to a community.

Further study

Students may go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in a large variety of related subjects, for example Geography.

Career Opportunities

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.

Entry criteria

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.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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