ESS 305 E / PH 305 E – Medical Geography
About the Course:
Medical Geography investigates the intersections of health and place. The objectives of the course are to illuminate the importance of local knowledge for public health, to connect issues in health and well-being across scales, and to demonstrate the ways that geographic methods are relevant in health sciences, social sciences, and policy arenas. Exploring and uncovering the presence, persistence and sources of health inequalities within the U.S. and across countries involves a semester long discussion of the impact of identity, the state, and global organizations on individual, family and community health. In order to link theory and practice, this course builds on the Community Based Learning (CBL) curriculum by connecting students to community partners that work globally, nationally, and locally, and whose missions are to protect and promote human health and well-being. Student coursework in Medical Geography over the semester includes a minimum 18-20 hours of work that directly supports our community partners, which also involves some participation in off-campus activities.
About Community-Based Learning:
Community Based Learning (CBL) classes, also sometimes called Service Learning Classes, foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world. At Drew, CBL classes strengthen community partners that serves the common good. They fulfill the Off-Campus Experience requirement and qualify as one of the Launch program’s immersive experiences.
Monday and Wednesday 10:25-11:40 AM