Medical Geography is a spatial analysis of health and diseases, disease diffusion processes, social and political ecology, as well as health service delivery systems. The course proceeds from a definition of health as a continuous property and focuses on contagious infectious diseases, vectored diseases, and newly emerging diseases. Medical Geography also studies the health consequences of economic development, rapid urbanization, epidemic transformations in mobility, and the impacts of changes in health service delivery systems.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify and describe disease patterns on maps.

2. Explain the differences between geographical approaches to studying health and disease, and other approaches.

3. Prepare sketch maps of disease distribution by hand or on the computer.

4. Explain in detail the pathways of disease spread in a population and the role of health institutions in altering the course of disease diffusion.


  1. Mayer, I. A. (2007). Medical Geography. New Delhi: APH Publishing.
  2. Lal, P. (2015). Geography in Health. New Delhi, India: Random Publications.

Course Start Date: January 13, 2020

Course End Date:   May 08, 2020

Class Timing:

Monday 09:00 -10:00 AM

Tuesday 09:00- 10:00 AM

Wednesday 09:00 -10:00 AM

Assesment Criteria:

Sessional: 20 [Assignments (05) Presentations (05) Quiz (05) Attendance (05)]

Mid Term (Term paper): 30

Final exam: 50

Course Material