Geography of Health & Health Care
An understanding of traditions in health geography and an exploration of the determinants of health including the social environment, the physical environment and health care services.
|Three lectures; one term
|Prerequisite(s): GEOG 2HI3
|Cross-List(s): HEALTHST 3HH3
Time/Term Offered: Term One Fall 2012-13
Instructors: Dr.Niko Yiannakoulias
Room: General Science Building Rm. 204
Tel:(905) 525.9149 ext. 20117
Office hours: Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Teaching Assistant: TBA
- Become more familiar about how social and physical environments are directly and indirectly related to health and well being
- Consider modern issues of public health, epidemiology and medicine from a geographical perspective
- Consider perspectives, methods and applications of geography and geographic thinking in health and health care
MW 11:30 - 12:20, F 1:30 - 14:20
Required Text Books/Course materials:
Meade M. and Emch M. (2010) Medical Geography: 3rd Edition. Guilford: New York.
Note: The readings cover important concepts and examples that support course content. Some examination questions will be based on material found in the readings. I will not (typically) review the required reading material in class.
Avenue to Learn
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I will post condensed lecture material on Avenue to Learn before class.
Mid-term exam 30%
Final exam 40%
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