The course is intended to provide a basic knowledge in the field of Medical Geography through a systematic approach to understanding the geography of health and health care. This course provides the necessary geographical background to understand the relevant disease processes and health related issues. The students will also gain an understanding of the environmental and spatial parameters of diseases and health care. The course also imparts a practical understanding of geographical disease pattern and health issues in Sri Lanka through selected case studies.
The course introduces concepts and techniques of geography to investigate health related topics. This course is divided into the following sections: Introduction to medical geography; Environment and health; Population and health; Migration and health; Economic development and health issues; and Health intervention policies and programmes.