Overview of An Introduction to the Geography of Health Electronic Resources

The electronic resources comprise:

  1. a PowerPoint presentation for each chapter,
  2. two or three exercises per chapter for students to work on independently or during class time,
  3. a glossary of the terms covered in each chapter,
  4. a list of resources that could be useful for developing a geography of health course.

PowerPoint files

The PowerPoint files are designed to provide you with a starting point for lecture materials. These include most of the images from the book in color, plus a brief summary of the key points of each chapter. Most of the files also contain a variety of additional images, maps, and figures drawn from scholarly and government sources. We have also provided a .pdf copy of each PowerPoint file.

Please note that there are many contentious issues covered in the PowerPoints, such as female genital cutting, the diagnosis of ADHD, and environmental justice issues. While we have provided slides to open discussion on such topics, we have not elaborated on the nuances of these issues on the slides. We leave individual instructors to decide which topics they would like to develop further in class.


Some of the activities are designed to be used in class with students, while others function better as take-home assignments. Many of the activities work best if students are assigned to work in pairs or small groups, allowing them to encounter differences of opinion and encouraging them to negotiate group decisions.

In many cases, an instructor’s copy of the activity is included in addition to the student’s copy, in order to provide answers and/or further instructions for instructors. Instructions and answers that are NOT included on the students’ sheet are provided in red, bold-face font on the instructor’s copy.

The chapter 10 exercise, “Exploring health data in a GIS,” was built in order to provide instructors with an accessible way to introduce students to GIS technology. Because the cost of GIS software is prohibitive for many institutions, this exercise was designed for ArcGIS Explorer, a free GIS visualization product with limited analytical capability. The data files required to complete that exercise are included with the electronic resources. ArcGIS Explorer can be downloaded, free of charge, as outlined in the instructions.

Glossaries of Terms

Throughout the book, key terms are indicated with bold font and appear at the back of the book in a glossary. Because it can be helpful to have the terms organized by chapter, we have provided files that include the glossary terminology and definitions from the book for each chapter.

Instructor Resources

A list of references to a variety of sources pertinent to the study of the geography of health is included in the instructor resources document. These include video resources such as documentary series and short videos—most are available on-line or at relatively low cost. We also provide a list of on-line data sources and data visualization tools that can be used to develop further exercises or for reference. Finally, we have identified a few popular books pertinent to health geography that could be assigned as additional readings. We have striven to select material that we believe can serve to enrich geography of health classes, drawn largely from our own experience.