Health Geography

The application of geographical knowledge, viewpoints, and methods to the study of health, disease, and health care is known as health geography. It looks at disease rates, causes, and spread, as well as environmental threats, environmental mediators of health habits, and health service planning and delivery.

A trail through trees.

Geography and Depression Research

Mark Altaweel

Researchers have looked into how spatial understanding might better enlighten us about mental health and despair.

A picture of open water at a sewage treatment plant.

Testing Sewage Can Predict COVID-19 Spikes

Elizabeth Borneman

The concentration of coronavirus RNA in sewage could point researchers toward a clearer picture of how many residents have been infected by the virus in a specific area.

Map: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE, screenshot captured April 8, 2020.

Mapping the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19

Caitlin Dempsey

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is mapping the spread of the coronavirus in near-realtime.

A map shows graduate circles for COVID-19 cases.

Geography of Quarantines

Mark Altaweel

Geographic research can be used to assess the effectiveness of past quarantines in controlling viral diseases.

Willow Oak in City Park. Photo: USGS, public domain.

Increasing Tree Cover Linked to Improved Community Mental Health

Elizabeth Borneman

Studies show that adults who live in a neighborhood that has 30% or more tree coverage have lower odds of experiencing psychological distress in their lifetime.

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