Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-2 semesters
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Learn the role geography plays in keeping people healthy.
Careers in Environmental Health, Public Health, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geography are intertwined because prevention, detection, management and research on health in populations is inherently geographic.

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Why Earn a Health and Medical Geography Certificate?

This certificate blends powerful analytical skills and concepts from Health and Medical Geography.

The world faces a pressing need for geographic theories, methods, and techniques to address global health issues. The Medical Geography certificate provides training in spatial disease ecology, global health, and essential geostatistical approaches to public health. Hands-on experiences of geospatial analysis are emphasized through lab-based applications.

Health and Medical Geography Certificate Highlights

Highly successful faculty with cutting-edge research.
Engaging undergrad and graduate programs.
Active student organizations related to programs.
High investment in students by faculty.
Students employed in a diverse array of internships and careers.

Health and Medical Geography Certificate Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 hrs)
Introduces the concepts and applications of computer-based spatial data handling, known as geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Illustrates the essential methods of GIS and its applications in fields including geography, business, administration, planning and environmental science. Students gain application skills via a series of practical exercises illustrating problem-solving strategies using up-to-date GIS software packages.
Statistical Research Methods in Geography (3 hrs)
Application of statistical techniques and mathematical models to spatial analysis, including both point and areal patterns. Examples drawn from both earth and regional science.
GIS in Health (3 hrs)
Spatial analysis, geographic information system (GIS) and computational methods for public health applications including disease mapping, disease clustering and exposure modeling. Location-allocation methods for measuring access to health care services also are discussed.
Medical Geography (3 hrs)
Focuses on the geographic aspects of disease ecology, health care delivery, and environment and health. Including the spatial pattern of diseases and associated explanatory variables including geological, meteorological, biological and cultural phenomena, as well as the social, political and economic barriers to healthy living.

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