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Geography and health are intrinsically linked. This subject examines geographic approaches to the understanding of human health. Its primary purpose is to critically review the links between population health and place/location, including social, built and natural environments. Students will be introduced to different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches for understanding geographies of health. The subject has particular focus on current health geography concerns including the spatial distribution of (re)emerging infectious diseases, population health impacts of climatic and environmental change, migrant health, neighbourhoods and health, and social and spatial distribution of health risks and vulnerabilities. These themes will be addressed through important case studies from both Australia and internationally.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will:
- have in-depth understanding of the spatial organization of ecological, economic, socio-cultural and political determinants of human health;
- be able to understand and critically engage with theories related to health geography;
- be familiar with different methodological approaches used in health geography research;
- be able to synthesise evidence, interpretations and debates within health geography.
- be capable of critical reading;
- be capable of thinking, writing and speaking in theoretical terms;
- develop presentation skills;
- develop skills in written communication;
Last updated: 1 March 2024