GEOG 3090/5090 Introduction to Medical/Health Geography

This course is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to medical geography. Topics include history of medical geography, environments and health, developmental change and human health, diffusion of disease, human modification of the environment and health, inequalities in health outcomes, inequalities in provision and utilization of health care resources, and methods for spatial epidemiology ranging from GIS (Geographic Information Systems)-based visualization to statistical analysis.  Selected case studies will be presented in order to illustrate real-world applications of theories, methods, and techniques discussed in class.

GEOG 5190/6190 GIS for Environmental and Public Health

This course covers applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing in public health. The course will describe in-depth how GIS and spatial analysis/statistics can be used to map health events, identify disease clusters, assess health services, investigate environmental health problems, and understand the distribution and spread of contagious a vector-borne infectious disease. Additional topics covered include designing effective disease maps, data acquisition, geocoding, accuracy assessment, data confidentiality, and masking health data. Selected case studies will be presented in order to highlight principles, methods, and techniques. Hands-on experience will be gained through laboratory exercises and real-world applications.

GEOG 6090 Topics in Medical/Health Geography

This seminar class is designed to help you get familiar with advanced applications of GIS and spatial methods in medical/health geography. The material covered will center around a unique geographic framework for understanding how the complex interactions among individuals, society, and environment influences population health. More specifically, it will first provide an overview of most common geographic methods utilized in public health and environmental health. Then, selected case studies will be presented in order to highlight principles, methods, and techniques. Relevant topics include health disparity, healthcare accessibility, environmental exposure, and mobile health.