Health Geography

Geography and health are linked. The place where people are born, live, study or work directly influences their health outcomes. Spatial location play an important role in shaping population health through environmental or socioeconomic risks. Health geography can be divided in two research areas. First, research focusing on geography of disease and ill health, including descriptive analyses (disease frequencies and distribution), and on characteristics that make individuals susceptible to disease. This research area requires a basic understanding of epidemiology. Second, research area paying special attention to geography of health care, particularly facility location, accessibility, and utilization. This research area requires a good knowledge of GIS techniques. Some examples of broader themes are as follows:

  • Health services, infrastructures and land-use planning
  • Disease surveillance, modelling and mapping
  • Determinants of health
  • Assessment of risk factors
  • Health care utilization
  • Geographical variations in health outcomes

Supervisors: Dagmar Dzúrová, Michala Lustigová, Ivana Kulhánová, Pavlína Netrdová

Research team: GeoQol – Research Centre on Health, Quality of Life and Lifestyle in a Geodemographic and Socioeconomic Context

Open call(s) for PhD students: An analysis of the geographic variation in cancer incidence and its social determinants; Gender gap in health from international perspectiveIdentification and interrelationships of health disparities: a geospatial analysis