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Health geography in Canada: where are we headed?

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This paper overviews the emergence of medical/health geography in Canada. The paper discusses the key questions that Canadian health geographers have explored in the past two decades, how these enquiries have featured in the field and how they contribute to the wider discourse of human geography. It also addresses questions on emerging themes and where Canadian health geography will go in the years ahead. With shifting health landscapes in terms of changes in social, political and physical environments, and changes in health care restructuring, Canadian health geographers are entering a new phase of research, teaching and policy. The complexity of the questions that health geographers seek to address means it is necessary to continue to highlight the policy implications of their findings. Health geographers need to emphasize the public agenda through interdisciplinary research and by continuing to work with geographers in other subfields.

Keywords: Canada; actions; disease ecology; géographie politique; géopolitique; health care access; medical and health geography; militarisation; utilization; état

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, N6A 5C2 ( ), Email:

Publication date: March 1, 2009


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