Geography 580/HSERV 586 2011
Wednesdays 2:30-5:20, Health Sciences E-214
Professor: Jonathan D. Mayer, Professor,
Departments of Epidemiology, Geography, and Global Health, and Adjunct Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Family Medicine, and Health Services
Office hours: By appointment
Offices: F-259 Health Sciences (Epidemiology); 412-C Smith Hall (Geography)
Please write to both addresses.
Class listserve—any of you can post. This address applies to both the HSERV and GEOG sections.
When communicating with me, please put “URGENT” in the subject line (I am getting 150 emails per day and until this gets straightened out, the “URGENT” will alert me to the fact that it is an important email.
The purpose of this course is to provide a broad introduction to medical geography in a seminar format. This is not a lecture class. The emphasis will be on scientific medical geography. It is assumed that students have some background in medical geography, epidemiology, or the health-related social sciences.
In a course/seminar that is as short as this, it is inevitable that some topics will not be covered. However, I am very open to student suggestions, preferences, and interests. On the first day of class, I will solicit your suggested changes to the course topics that follow. Thus, the topics are only suggested topics and are contingent upon specific interests, and readings will follow once I have ascertained your interests. As seminar students, you will have two weekly responsibilities: one is to form groups to kick-off each session (to be discussed in class), and the other is to complete the readings prior to the class session.
There is no textbook for the class. Readings will be both emailed to the class list, and put on e-reserve.
There is only one written requirement for this class: a term paper on a topic of interest to you (worth 90% of your grade; participation is worth 10%) It should be written as though you are submitting it to a professional journal. Thus, the paper’s length and format will be determined by what is acceptable in journals in your specific fields. The paper can be empirical or more theoretical; however, it does need to deal with a topic that you can justify as having medical geographic content. The work that you cite does not need to have been conducted by geographers—you will find quintessentially geographic work by medical entomologists, geneticists, medical anthropologists, epidemiologists, and many others. Projects by small groups are acceptable, since this is the manner in which most research is conducted and published, as long as you clarify the separate responsibilities of each group member.
Please come to seminar prepared to discuss the readings.
Introduction to course and to medical geography
Structure of Medical Geography
Mayer J. Epidemiologic medical geography in Companion to Medical Geography. Word processed document.
Rosenberg, M. W. (1998). "Medical or health geography? Populations, peoples and places." International journal of population geography : IJPG 4(3): 211-226
Mayer, J. D. and M. S. Meade (1994). "A Reformed Medical Geography Reconsidered." Professional Geographer 46(1): 103-106.
Kearns, R. and G. Moon (2002). "From medical to health geography: novelty, place and theory after a decade of change." Progress in Human Geography 26(5): 605-625.
Scan Social Science and Medicine (available through our e-journals) for 2007, Vol. 4, issue 1, pp. 1-72. Read “Introduction” by Earikson and “Report” by Sarah Curtis. Also read at least two other articles of your choice.
Scan Health and Place from the last two years (2008-9) and read at least two articles of your choice.
The Ecology of Infectious Disease: Concepts
Saltenspiel, L. Tropical environments, human activities, and the transmission of infectious diseases. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 2000;43:3-31.
Meade, M. S. (1976). "Land development and human health in West Malaysia." Annals of the Associaiton of American Geographers 55(3): 428-439.
Meade, M. S. (1977). "Medical Geography as Human Ecology: The Dimension of Population Movement." Geographical Review 67(4): 379-383.
Eisenberg, J. N., M. A. Desai, et al. (2007). "Environmental determinants of infectious disease: a framework for tracking causal links and guiding public health research." Environmental health perspectives 115(8): 1216-1223
Plowright, R. K., S. H. Sokolow, et al. (2008). "Causal inference in disease ecology: investigating ecological drivers of disease emergence." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(8): 420-429.
Levine, M. M. and O. S. Levine (1994). "Changes in human ecology and behavior in relation to the emergence of diarrheal diseases, including cholera." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 91(7): 2390-2394.
Ecology of Infectious Disease II
Wilcox, B. A. and D. J. Gubler (2005). "Disease ecology and the global emergence of zoonotic pathogens." Environmental health and preventive medicine 10(5): 263-272.
Mayer, J. D. (1996) "The political ecology of disease as a new focus for medical geography." Progress in Human Geography 20(4): 441-456
King, B. (2009). "Political ecologies of health." Progress in Human Geography 34(1): 38-55.
Zheng, J. et al. Relation between the transmission of Schistosomiasis japonica and construction of the Three Gorge Reservoir. Acta Tropica 2002;82:147-56.
Spatial Analysis and GIS
Geography and Chronic Diseases
Modeling the Geographical Spread of Infectious Disease
Geographic Inequalities and Access to Health Care; Urban/rural comparisons
Geographic Epidemiology of Psychiatric Issues; Emergency Medical Services
Small Area Analysis and Comparative Effectiveness
No class. JDM at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.