GEOG 473- Medical Geography


The course will focus on the application of geographical concepts and techniques to health-related problems and on   Studies of local variations of both human and environmental conditions which are causatively related to human activities. Basically, the course is concerned with describing, explaining and predicting the etiology, occurrence, transmission and effects of disease in spatial variation and patterns.  Relevant illustration will be drawn from both the developed and developing world. The outline includes an introduction to medical geography, methodology, rates, ratios and indicies, ecology of disease causation (agent-host environmental factors), epidemiology (principles and methods, the physical environment and health, types of diseases and their control, and environmental health).