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GEOG3010 Geographies of Health and Health Care

Module Overview

This module will evaluate contemporary development sin health from a geographical perspective.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable students to develop the necessary knowledge base and skills to critically evaluate contemporary developments in health from a geographical perspective. Students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of concepts, methods and analysis in geographies of health.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply and discuss the contribution of geographical knowledge towards the understanding of health
  • Be aware of the role and importance of evidence-based research
  • Critically evaluate literature from a range of disciplines contributing to contemporary health debates
  • Assess the merits of contrasting geographical theories, explanations and policies
  • Structure conceptual and empirical geographical material into a reasoned argument.
  • Understand the relationships between physical and human processes in shaping the health of individuals and groups
  • Critically evaluate the various approaches available for representing health and health-related phenomena
  • Have a critical and reflexive sense of the nature of the discipline as dynamic, plural and contested
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of analytical and observational strategies
  • Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way
  • Produce fluent and comprehensive written reports on complex topics
  • Marshal and retrieve data from library and internet resources
  • Use interpersonal skills in group activities


Health and the provision of health care are important issues in our everyday lives. Many of the debates surrounding health are inherently spatial in nature and as such geographers are well placed to play an important role in informing research and decision making. This module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts, methods and applications of the geographies of health. By the end of the module students should be able to critically evaluate contemporary developments in health from a geographical perspective. Themes explored are likely to include: approaches to studying Geographies of Health, inequalities in health and environmental health

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, online activities, group work, seminars, independent study

Independent Study117
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Combined assessment methods 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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