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Jonathan D Mayer
GEOG 580
Seattle Campus

Medical Geography

Geography of disease, consideration in health systems planning. Analysis of distributions, diffusion models, migration studies. Application of distance, optimal location models to health systems planning; emergency medical services; distribution of health professionals; cultural variations in health behavior. Prerequisite: familiarity with social science research; health-related issues. Offered: jointly with HSERV 586.

Class description

Theories, methodologies, and contributions of medical geography to geography in general, the other social sciences, and the health sciences; geographical patterns of health and disease; social theory and the geography of health and disease; GIS and geographical knowledge in the context of health; history and development of medical geography.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, reading, and discussion. Students bear signficant responsibility in leading and facilitating disscussion.

Recommended preparation

Background in either the health sciences or in geography and the medically related social sciences.

Class assignments and grading

Two take home exams (non-cumulative); participation in class discussions. Students wishing to write a term paper may supplement the 3 credits in GEOG 580 or HSERV 586 may elect to take independent study credits (GEOG or HSERV 600), usually for 2 credits.

Take home exams.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jonathan D Mayer
Date: 05/28/1998