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Talar Sahsuvaroglu

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Geographies of Disease
Lecture 1 – Introduction
Geography of Disease/Health
How where you live affects your health
Ways the health of populations is differentiated between places and the range of factors that
explain these differences
The interaction between people, health, and environment, and how this varies
Definitions of Health
Absence of disease
Body is a machine that needs to be fixed when broken”
Promotes treatment, not prevention
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence
of disease or infirmity
Health is a resource of everyday living, not the objective of living
Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical
The extent to which an individual or group can realize aspirations and satisfy needs and change or
cope with the environment
6 dimensions of Wellness: social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional
Concepts and Measurement
Illness vs. disease
oIllness is when we dont feel well
oDisease is a medical condition that a doctor diagnoses
Subtle difference but dont need to be connected
There are different ways to measure health: mortality, morbidity
Geographical Concepts
Location and place: location = address, place = location that has meaning to you (house, school)
Distance: how far/close something is from something else
Distribution and pattern or shape: is it concentrated somewhere/spread equally somewhere,
pattern in its distribution
Spatial association and interaction: how this all correlates in space
Spatial change
Scale: in a certain place/ around the world
Time: things change over time
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