Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO3151 : Geographies of Health

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Copeland
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

This module is open to any student with an interest in health geography.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module introduces Stage 3 students to different ways of understanding geographies of health and care through exploration of key concepts and theoretical approaches. The course introduces foundational concepts and key geographic perspectives on health geographies then develops a number of conceptually rich and empirically detailed accounts of particular issues that have been the focus of geographical enquiry. The course will be of immediate relevance to students considering post graduate studies and / or careers that concern health and socioeconomic interactions.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is organized into two substantive units, preceded by an introduction and followed by a revision and wrap-up phase. The first unit introduces key ideas and conceptual frameworks while the second unit addresses specific areas of research and policy focus.
Contact time on the module consists of eleven two hour lectures, four seminars as well as surgeries.

1. Introductory lecture – what is health and health geographies
2. ‘Mind the Gap’ – Inequalities in health in the UK
3. ‘The end is nigh?’ Healthcare policy and provision in the UK
4. ‘Too fat to work’ – the influence of lifestyle on health
5. Austerity kills – the effects of recessions and austerity measures on health
6. Visit to Centre for Health and Bioinformatics, Newcastle

7. Ring a ring o’roses - the geography of infectious diseases and the re-emergence of diseases
8. It’s a mad, mad world – the geographies of mental health
9. Dr Brighton - healing places, therapeutic landscapes and mindfullness
10. Global Health Problems
11. Global Health solutions
12. Presentations


There will be 5, 2 hour practical sessions to teach skills related to film making and editing

The module will be led and for the most part taught by Dr Alison Copeland but has been designed to create opportunities for guest speakers to contribute by offering lectures. Opportunities for other
colleagues to contribute include:

1.       Connection with other health researchers across the university and beyond.

a.       Institute for Social Renewal
b.       Institute for health and society
c.       Institute for ageing
d.       Local Health Care providers
e.       As such, the content and order of lectures may change

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1.       The over-arching aim of the module is to enable students to develop an empirically and conceptually rich critical understanding of the how geographers have understood and contributed to wider understandings of health and healthcare provision.
2.       Within this the module aims to:
a.       Provide a critical awareness of key conceptual frameworks and framings of the geographies of health, including health policies, healthcare provision and inequalities in health.
b.       Demonstrate understanding of, and critically appraise, key approaches and debates in health geography
c.       Demonstrate understanding of, and critically appraise, complex relationships between health, space and place.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1.       Ability to critically assess material presented in lectures and wider reading
2.       Ability to effectively critique literature
3.       Present logical written arguments
4.       Articulate an argument through a visual presentation
5.       Ability to work with peers to produce a collaborative presentation in the form of a short public health film

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1621:00162:00Course reading, exam preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Film making and editing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Drop in surgery for student-led discussion of course issues/assignments
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate theories and case studies of aspects of health geographies, health inequalities and public health.
Seminars and workshops provide opportunities for student-led critical analysis, discussion and presentation of case study material that illustrates health geographies and how the problems of health inequalities can be addressed.
Drop-in surgery sessions allow students to ask questions and/or engage in academic discussion about the assessed coursework. The seminars are opportunities to discuss the issues introduced on the module in more depth with members of staff and peers. Students are organized into groups in the second seminar and will remain with the same groups throughout. The collective work will lead to a group poster and oral presentation (formatively assessed).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M753,000 word individual report on your group public health initiative or a subject of your choice
Prof skill assessmnt2M25A group video presentation introducing a public health initiative and group presentation.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance2MPerformance in practical and surgeries - TAs and module leader will gauge student learning in seminar and surgeries
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments assess the intended learning outcomes of this module. The written report on the themes and topics derived from the health geography module assess students; ability in engaging with the literature and applying key concepts critically learned from the lectures and seminars in a report format – a key skill for job seeking.

The group video and presentation will enable students to see the challenges faced by public health experts, exploring how to get information over to the public clearly and succinctly. Successful campaigns will be rolled out to local health providers.

Performance in practical and surgeries - TAs and module leader will gauge student learning in seminar and surgeries and give formative oral feedback on the ongoing process of producing videos and their contents.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.