Summer 2022 - GEOG 386 D100

Health Geography (4)

Class Number: 1825

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 13, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Michele Wiens
    Office: TBA
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including either GEOG 100 or HSCI 130.



A survey of health issues from a geographic perspective, including major spatial influences shaping the health status of populations and health-place relationships. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Course Details 

This course will provide an introduction to the field of health geography and its evolution, largely exploring environmental, cultural, and social contexts for health within a framework of spatial organization. There will be overview of major concepts and themes, incorporating perspectives on environmental and social determinants of health and a range of topics at global, national and regional scales to facilitate student learning, engagement, and exchange. Tutorials will enable discussion and appraisal of lectures and readings, consideration of conceptual approaches in health geography, and thematic student presentation of topics throughout the course. Content will include epidemiologic transition, social gradients and health inequalities, built environments and health-place relationships, climate change and landscapes of health, Indigenous communities and environmental justice, as well as emerging issues tied with infectious disease disasters, bioterrorism and pandemics.

Tutorial Details:

  • Tutorials are held in separate two-hour blocks from the Lecture
    • D101 WMC2522 Tuesdays 12:30 to 2:20
    • D102 WMC3251 Tuesdays 12:30 to 2:20
    • D103 WMC3251 Tuesdays 2:30 to 4:20
  • Tutorials are mandatory and a tutorial will be held in the first week

Summer 2022 courses will be delivered in person based on information available at the time of publishing the outline; please note the delivery mode is subject to change following Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and/or SFU recommendations and orders.


Course-Level Educational Goals

  • Analyze health-place relationships and extend awareness of tools for spatial investigation
  • Encourage exploration of issues in health geography at several scales
  • Deepen understanding of health geography and public health issues
  • Connect theory, research evidence, knowledge-to-action practice, and policy  
  • Locate and synthesize information on topics
  • Evaluate information for relevancy, usefulness, and potential bias
  • Communicate key points of a topic in health geography, orally and in writing
  • Collaborate effectively and efficiently with peers
  • Reflect on process and material; share insights


  • Scholarly Blog Outline (with optional Mini Annotated Literature Matrix or Map) 20%
  • Scholarly Blog 20%
  • Thematic Group Presentation 10%
  • Tutorial, Lecture Participation including a ‘Reflection/Contribution’ Journal 10%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • Midterm 20%


Tentative Grading Scale


Technical (recommended)

  • Access to a computer with reliable internet connection and working microphone
  • Microsoft Office software (can be downloaded for free from SFU)



Hazen H, Anthamatten, P, An Introduction to the Geography of Health, 2nded, 2019. UK: Taylor & Francis, Routledge; Vital Source. ISBN 9780367109653.

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