Undergraduate Course: The Geography of Health (GEGR10138)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The module provides a theoretical and empirical background to the geographical study of health. The course will cover the historical development of public health, themes related to environmental justice and health, social justice and health inequalities, public policy and on the commercial determinants of health. Students will critically evaluate literature and are encouraged to develop knowledge in a specialist area, both through class debates and individual essays. Furthermore students are encouraged to actively engage with material outside of academia, in particular there will be a focus on knowledge translation and public policy.
The course addresses health inequalities and does so whilst employing a socio-ecological framework which acknowledges the importance of social, physical, economic and political environments in shaping health, health behaviours and health outcomes. This course will demonstrate to students how geographical techniques can be applied in related disciplines, such as epidemiology and public health. The course will involve invited lectures from public health professionals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
50% Essay (2,000 words)
50% Rapid Evidence Review (2,000 words)
Degree Assessment: One essay on a specialist topic (2,000 words) (50%)
One rapid evidence review from a list of topics (50%)
Overall mark for the course (i.e. coursework and examinations) of at least 40 to pass.
Essay: Week 6
Rapid Evidence Review: Week 11
||Students will choose their essay titles and receive feedback on these. They will then develop an essay plan which will also receive feedback, before finally submitting the degree essay. In class feedback (using Collaborate for 2020/21) will also be given on class discussions and feedback will be given on the degree essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the relationship between the environment and human health, with a particular focus on non-communicable diseases.
- Have an understanding of the knowledge translation process from empirical academic studies to public health policy.
- Develop a critical understanding of health inequalities, with a particular focus on socioeconomic inequalities in health.
- Have an understanding of the broader determinants of health.
|Curtis, S. (2004). Health and Inequality: Geographical Perspectives London: Sage Publications Chapter 1 'Introducing geographical perspectives on health and inequality'|
Gatrell, A. (2002). Geographies of Health: An Introduction Oxford: Blackwells.
Smith, S. J. and D. Easterlow (2005). "The strange geography of health inequalities." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 30(2): 173-190.
Cummins, S., S. Curtis, et al. (2007). "Understanding and representing 'place' in health research: A relational approach." Social Science & Medicine 65(9): 1825-1838
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Niamh Shortt
Tel: (0131 6)51 7130
|Course secretary||Miss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847