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Medical Geography

Instructor: Lisa Jordan
Credits: 4

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.

Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary; CLA-Breadth/Social Science; CLA-Diversity International; CLA – CEA and Au Pair; CLA-Community Based Learning; CLA – Immersive Experience; IMCE-Community-Engaged Projects and Learning

Meeting Time/Days

  • Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Time: 10:25 – 11:40
  • Term: Spring, 2021

Registration Information

  • ESS 305 (CRN 30331) / PH 305 (CRN 30374)

About Community-Based Learning Courses

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with off-campus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network. All CBL classes have been approved as Immersive Experiences.

For questions: For questions related to the course, contact the instructor/s. For general questions about Community Based Learning courses contact the Center for Civic Engagement at

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