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Jonathan D Mayer
GEOG 581
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Medical Geography

Intensive research seminar dealing with new and promising research themes in medical geography and public health. Offered: jointly with HSERV 585; A.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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: 09/24/2008