Population, Health and Place

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Population, Health and Place
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Population, Health and Place
Leerdoelen This module aims to introduce students to the links between place or geography and health at the population and individual level. After successfully completing the course unit, students are able to:
1. Understand and discuss the importance of micro and macro level interactions in relation to health and place
2. Understand and discuss the role of (social, cultural and economic) context and individual behaviour in populations’ health and place
3. Differentiate between the important theories in relation to health and place and apply them in class assignments
4. Examine and critically assess aspects of the population, health and place interrelationships
5. Critically assess academic work and fellow student’s elaborations in peer review
Omschrijving Health and demographic processes influence each other throughout the life course, and are shaped by the geographical and socioeconomic context. This module is about the links between demography, health, and place or geography. In the course, we adopt a population and an individual level perspective, as well as a global and a local perspective. At the population (macro) level, we examine demographic developments and compare differences in health outcomes across the globe. We will investigate determinants and patterns of health inequalities. At the individual (micro) level, we will unravel the interlinkages between health and the life course in different contexts. We look, for example, at how ageing and health are perceived in different cultural and societal contexts. A central aim of this course is the introduction of theories and approaches that help us understand how health outcomes are shaped at the individual and the population level and how these are interlinked. The theories will build up to a framework to understand the different facets of population health. They also provide a link between case studies presented by various guest lecturers.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures
Toetsvorm Active participation, Individual assignments
(Students will prepare a written assignment. This assignment in form of a Wikipedia encyclopaedia entry should deal with a particular population health topic that is covered during the lectures. Students will deliver a peer review report on these written assignments. Additionally, students will work on in-class assignments.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. T.C. Vogt
Docent(en) dr. S.A. Adaawen , Guest lecturers ,prof. dr. ir. H.H. Haisma ,prof. dr. L.B. Meijering ,dr. T.C. Vogt
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
An Introduction to the Geography of Health. 2nd edition, New York: Routledge. Anthamatten, P. and Hazen, H. (2019) 9780367109653 ca. €  50,00
Selected articles from relevant research literature. The additional literature list will be made available via the Student Portal.
Opmerkingen This Master course is open - as an optional course - for Master students from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and from disciplines related to Population Studies within the University of Groningen (e.g. Sociology, Epidemiology, Psychology, Spatial Sciences, Public Health, Economics, Medical Sciences, Cultural Anthropology, International Relationships, Gerontology, and Development Studies).
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc BA - Health  (keuzevakken A MSc BA Health) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Basic programme Population Studies) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I a keuze