Jonathan D Mayer
Geography of infectious and chronic diseases at local, national, and international scales; environmental, cultural, and social explanations of those variations; comparative aspects of health systems.
The purpose of this class is to give students an introduction to geographic research into disease and health, and a solid background in the core concepts of medical geography. The course will be divided into two sections; the study of disease ecology; and the examination of the geography of health services and special topics in medical geography. In the first section of the course, we will study factors that influence the distribution of disease in the landscape. Special emphasis will be placed on geographic factors that influence the distribution of such illnesses as malaria, bubonic plague, cholera and trypanosomiasis. The distribution of chronic diseases common in the United States and other western nations will also be examined.
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