Jonathan D Mayer
Intensive research seminar dealing with new and promising research themes in medical geography and public health. Offered: jointly with HSERV 585; A.
Slum health in developing countries from demographic, geographic, and epidemiologic viewpoints. We begin by considering the nature of urban slums and spatial and demographic factors underlying slum formation, as well as contemporary urbanization trends. We then examine the nature of infectious, noninfectious, and psychosocial burdens of disease in urban slums. Finally, we examine the policy challenges surrounding urban slum health. Students are graded primarily on the basis of a major term paper.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar and discussion; much student participation.
GEOG 580 is NOT a prerequisite, but some familiarity with epidemiology or the geography of health is important.
Class assignments and grading
One major term paper and active participation in class discussions.
Particpation plus research paper.