Medical Geography in Global Health | BS

Geography is the science of place, space, and environment. Each place on earth is distinguished by a unique mix of natural resources, cultural practices, and socioeconomic and political systems. Geographers study what makes each place unique, as well as the connections and interactions between places.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Geography Department offers a range of topics in contemporary geography and geospatial science, rich and lively cultural and learning environments, B.A. and B.S. undergraduate degrees, M.A., M.S., and PhD degrees, as well as the largest Medical Geography program in the United States.
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3141 TURLINGTON HALL
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 Curriculum

Geography offers exciting undergraduate degrees at UF. Students learn from world-renowned faculty and award-winning mentors, and contribute to groundbreaking research, all while studying topics that have great environmental and social significance. Geography is an integrated and highly interdisciplinary field of study spanning the physical world and society. It is also a hands-on discipline, with a strong emphasis on computer-based tools and field studies.

Geographers can choose to study an enormous range of subjects, essentially anything that has a spatial component. Students who major in geography use the lens of space to examine issues as diverse as climate variability and change on the African continent, malaria outbreaks in Africa and South America, deforestation and land conflict in the Amazon, and the origin and spread of blues music in the Southeastern United States. Across the globe, geographers study tropical cyclones, river restoration, disease outbreaks, the role of parks and other protected areas, changes in land cover, forest management and fragmentation, community conservation, emerging infectious diseases, environmental influences on the elderly, and economic development.

Geography explores the relationship between human and biophysical systems and deals with some of the most critical issues of our time such as environmental hazards, climate change, sustainability of resource management systems, international development, and community and urban planning. Understanding the concept of place, including how and why places differ from each other, is a central concern. Students who have social and economic interests can enter into careers in international development, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems, and environmental consultancy. Students who combine the study of socioeconomic factors and the biophysical world can work in resource management, conservation, environmental assessment, and watershed and coastal planning.

Coursework for the Major

The geography major has six different programs: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts in environmental geosciences, the Bachelor of Arts in Geographical Science and Sustainability, the Bachelor of Arts in medical geography in global health, and the Bachelor of Science in medical geography in global health. Coursework for the major will depend upon the program, which are all flexible. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

Students who are uncertain of a program should contact the Department of Geography's undergraduate coordinator for information and curriculum planning.

Required Coursework

All majors take some techniques courses, including GEO 3162C and a minimum of two additional courses that involve working with data and computers. All majors take a regional course, focusing on the countries, cultures and landscapes of one region in the world. The systematic courses include specialized courses in human or environmental/physical geography, but majors can also take additional techniques courses as part of this requirement. Students can concentrate coursework in economic geography and planning, environmental/physical geography, geospatial technologies, medical geography, or natural resource management.

Coursework for the major will depend upon the degree program. Courses for each program are listed below under Critical Tracking and Model Semester Plan.

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Best suited for students interested in careers in urban and regional planning, business geography, medical geography, and geographic education, or for students who want a broad overview of the discipline with a focus on human geography.

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geosciences

A joint program between the Department of Geography and the Department of Geological Sciences and is intended for students interested in land and water aspects of the environment. The degree focuses on human impacts, water and mineral resource exploitation and management, disasters, environmental planning, earth science education, or environmental law.

Bachelor of Science in Geography

Best suited for someone who wishes to pursue a career in environmental consulting or graduate work in physical geography or related natural sciences, including atmospheric science, geosciences, hydrologic sciences, or meteorology.

Bachelor of Arts in Geographical Science and Sustainability

A joint program (specialization) co-offered by Geography and Sustainability Studies and is intended for students interested in using geospatial technologies to advance sustainability. Students in this specialization learn modern geospatial technologies, such as geographical information system, remote sensing and spatial analysis, and use them to maintain ecological and environmental health, create economic welfare, and pursue social justice in a changing world.

Bachelor of Arts in Medical Geography in Global Health

Intended for students interested in social and cultural aspects of medical geography and global health and disease issues. The degree focuses on human impacts, cultural and social aspects of health and disease, and public health planning and management.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Geography in Global Health

Best suited for someone who wishes to pursue a career in public or animal health or disease management or graduate work in medical geography, public health or related natural sciences, including ecology, biology, or epidemiology/public health. This specialization offers the flexibility for students to prepare for admission to health professions programs.


Bachelor of Science: Medical Geography in Global Health

The Bachelor of Science in medical geography in global health requires a minimum of 34 credits of geography coursework and 19 credits of related coursework in biology, chemistry, and statistics. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

Required Coursework

GEO 2200
2200L
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Physical Geography Laboratory
4
GEO 3162CIntroduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers4
GEO 4930Senior Seminar1
Select one:3
Social Geography
People, Place, and Culture
Global and Regional Economies
Select two technique courses:6-8
Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (required)
Select one:
Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
Spatial Maps and Graphs
Aerial Photo Interpretation
Digital Image Processing
Introduction to Spatial Networks
Applied Geostats
Select one regional geography course:3
Geography of Florida
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Europe
Geography of Africa
Amazonia
Select two medical geography core courses:6
Introduction to Medical Geography
Peoples and Plagues
Plants, Health and Spirituality
Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
Select two geography elective courses:6
Extreme Weather
Climatology
Principles of Geographic Hydrology
Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food
Extreme Floods
The Human Footprint on Landscape
Conservation of Resources
Plants, Health and Spirituality
Population Geography
Introduction to Medical Geography
Peoples and Plagues
Economic Geography
Urban and Business Geography
Housing, People and Places in a Spatially Diverse America
Geography of Alcohol
Special Topics
Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
River Forms and Processes
Water, Risk, and Extreme Events
Environmental Biogeography
Geography of Vector-borne Diseases
Regional Development
Shelter and Care Options for U.S. Elderly
Selected Topics in Geography
Honors Thesis
The Digital Earth
GIS Models for Public Health
Aerial Photo Interpretation
Digital Image Processing
GIS Programming
Introduction to Spatial Networks
Applied Geostats
Weather and Forecasting
Hurricanes
Atmospheric Teleconnections
Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS
Total Credits33-35

The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one bulleted group.

Related Coursework

CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
4
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2
4
STA 2023Introduction to Statistics 13
Total Credits19

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 1 geography course (GEA 1000 not acceptable)
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 additional geography course (1 of the 2 must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) or complete STA 2023 with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses (STA 2023 and 2 geography courses, 1 of which must be GEO 2200; GEA 1000 not acceptable) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 1 medical geography core course and 1 geography technique course.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 additional geography technique course and 1 geography elective course
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining geography (GEO, GIS, or MET) 3000/4000 required courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics; recommended course: 3-4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
 Credits13-14
Semester Two
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
GEO 2200 Dynamic Planet Earth (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 3
GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
 Credits14
Semester Three
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
4
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Select one: 3
Social Geography (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity)
People, Place, and Culture (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and International)
Global and Regional Economies (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Gen Ed Composition 2 3
 Credits13
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2
4
Regional geography course 3
Electives 6
 Credits16
Semester Five
GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 4
Medical geography core course 3 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Foreign language 5
 Credits15
Semester Six
GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (Critical Tracking) 4
Medical geography core course 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Foreign language 5
 Credits15
Semester Seven
Geography techniques course (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Geography elective (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Electives 4
 Credits16-18
Semester Eight
GEO 4930 Senior Seminar (Critical Tracking) 1
Geography elective (Critical Tracking) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 9
Electives 5
 Credits18
 Total Credits120
1

PSY 2012 or SYG 2000 recommended.

2

The following are recommended:

3

GEO 3452 or GEO 3454 recommended.

Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.


A major in geography enables students to know the earth’s physical environment, to learn social, cultural and economic concepts from spatial and regional perspectives, and to understand the relationship between environment and society. Students will learn how geographic techniques, skills and concepts are applied in the subfields of geography. Computer-based lab assignments teach students how to analyze geographic information and to apply an interpretation of data toward problem solving or modeling. They will be able to interpret and to effectively communicate information spatially, graphically and/or with statistics.

The Bachelor of Arts in geography enables students to learn how geographic techniques, skills and concepts are applied in various subfields of geography. The Bachelor of Science enables students to learn basic concepts in sciences related to the earth and its atmosphere.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Complete a capstone exam in GEO 4930, as developed by geography faculty.
  • Complete a capstone portfolio in GEO 4930, evaluated by geography faculty.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Identify and describe the physical and human characteristics of Earth and its regions, the essentials of human‐environment interactions, and the techniques of geographic science.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze geographic information and apply interpretation of data toward problem solving or modeling.

Communication

  1. Interpret and effectively communicate information spatially, graphically and/or with statistics.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
GEA 2000-4000 level Regional Geography R
GEO 2000 level Human Geography I
GEO 2200 I
GEO 2200L R
GEO 3162C I I R
GEO 4930 R, A A A
GIS 3043 and GIS 4001C R R R
STA 2023 I
B.A. Only Plus 15 additional credits in the department R R R
B.S. Only Plus 12 additional credits in the department and 22 credits outside the department with CHM, GLY, MET, PHY, SWS prefixes R R R

Assessment Types

  • Capstone exam
  • Portfolio