Upon successful completion of the course, students are able to:
- Describe concepts and theories from health geography in relation to topical themes,
- Understand through which mechanisms environmental influences affect health-behaviours and health;
- Explain the importance of understanding environmental influences on health for urban policies, design and planning;
- Design a small-scale scientific study and collect data on environmental influences, health-behaviours and health;
- Write a concise scientific paper about your own small-scale scientific study, following specific journal guidelines.
Health and place are interrelated in all kinds of ways. The places where we are born, grow up, study, work, and travel, directly influences our health and well-being. Health geography is a sub-discipline of human geography, which deals with the interaction between people and the environment. Health geography views health from a holistic perspective, and it conceptualizes the role of place, location and geography in health, health-behaviours, well-being and disease (Dummer, 2008).|
The main aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the field of health geography. In this course, topical themes for population health are discussed, such as obesity, physical activity, healthy aging, and health inequalities. We will apply a socio-ecological perspective to population health problems, which means that we discuss questions like: what are the micro and macro settings (e.g. household, neighbourhood, city, region, country) in which several environmental factors (e.g. physical, social, economic, political factors) may influence health outcomes? You will also carry out a small-scale investigation yourself, and write down your results in the form of a scientific journal article. You learn how you can scientifically study questions in the field of health geography, and how answers to these questions can be used to prevent or reduce health problems. In this way, you find out how you, as a human geographer or spatial planner, can influence the health and well-being of populations.
|Students are assumed to have basic knowledge of scientific research, statistical analyses (e.g. working with SPSS), and scientific writing. Therefore, students can only attend this course when they are in their 2nd or 3rd year.||Verplicht materiaal|
|StudiewijzerIn the course manual, a detailed overview is given of the examination literature that is related to each lecture. The literature is available via the website of the university library, or will be made available on Blackboard.|
|LiteratuurSeveral chapters of the following book will be studied during the course (see below):|
|LiteratuurGatrell, A.C. & Elliot, S.J. (2015) Geographies of Health: an introduction. Third edition. West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley Blackwell.
Students may choose to buy the book themselves, or make copies of the required chapters.|
|DiverseMore information about lectures, working groups, literature and examination can be found in the course manual.|
|Working groups (Verplicht)|
Beoordeling• Individual written exam (50% of final grade)
• Scientific paper (50% of final grade).