The Introduction to Health Geography is an attempt to situate the discipline of geography as an unavoidable companion to health promotion, protection and delivery. Briefly, it illustrates the importance of geographical phenomena and knowledge in the understanding of patterns of human diseases at the global, regional and local levels.
As an introductory piece intended to be more attractive to both experienced and beginning geographers as well as people interested in population and health issues, the content of the book explores the different approaches to the sub discipline. This should give a firm philosophical, methodological and conceptual grounding to the intending students and interested reader. Invariably therefore, studies in health geography will follow one or more of these approaches:
– Medical geography approach
– Disease and human environments approach
– Disease diffusion approach
– Political approach
Author Humphrey Ngala Ndi is an associate professor of Geography at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon. He worked as a researcher in the National Institute of Cartography from 2002 before teaching at the University of Buea for 5 years. Humphrey has held the position of Assistant Research Officer in the Ministry of Higher Education and was recently appointed Cultural Counsellor at the High Commission for the Republic of Cameroon in the UK. He has published more than 30 articles and scientific journals.
The book is co-written by H. Blaise Nguendo Yongsi who earned his BEd at Laurentian University and his PhD in Health Geography at Paris-X. He has served as a Research Professional at the Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal and as Professor of Epidemiology and Health Geography at the University of Chicoutmi. He is currently Associate Professor of Health Geography and Spacial Epidemiology at the Institute of Training and Research in Population Studies of the University of Yaoundé I.