Welcome to Geographies of Health in Place

Welcome to the Geographies of Health in Place (GoHelP) lab, led by Susan J. Elliott, PhD, in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.

  1. Feb. 12, 2019New paper on a cutting edge area of methodology by Elijah Bisung

    GoHelP alumnus Elijah Bisung (Queen's University) and Susan Elliott's co-authored paper titled, "Community water supply improvement and wellbeing: A pre-post photovoice intervention study in Kenya" will be published in the journal Habitat International

  2. Feb. 5, 2019Timothy Caulfield debunks 'raw water' trend

    In an article written for NBC news, Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta, speaks of the dire consequences associated with drinking raw water, a trend that is gaining popularity in North America...

  3. Jan. 15, 2019GoHelP extends huge welcome to Abraham NunboguHeadshot of Abraham Nunbogu

    The Geographies of Health in Place lab welcomes PhD student Abraham Marshall Nunbogu to the University of Waterloo! As a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship for Advanced Scholars (QEScholars), Abraham will work on the Water Security as a Foundation for Healthy Communities and Sustainable Livelihoods project...

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  1. June 30 to July 5, 2019International Medical Geography SymposiumIMGS logo depicting landscape of Queenstown, NZ

    The international Medical Geography Symposium is a conference that occurs bi-annually to connect researchers interested in geography as it relates to health and health care. All individuals interested in global health, environmental health, health policy, urban and rural health, health equity, and public health are encouraged to attend...

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  1. June 4, 2014Thoughts about time as a social determinant of health

    What determines health?

    Well, it depends upon how we define health.  Back in the day, the World Health Organization defined health as simply the absence of disease.  When defined in this way, we worked under the assumption that access to health care was the primary determinant of health or at least the prevention of disease.  And then in the early 1980s, along came the Black Report.

    The Report was the result of the mandate given to Sir Douglas Black to investigate the impact of approximately 40 years of the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain; that is, it sought to determine how much change, if any, was seen in reducing inequality of access as a result of the implementation of a national health insurance scheme. Policy makers, politicians, and health care professionals alike were all shocked to find out that not only was the inequality gap not closing...

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Meet our people

Susan Elliott standing agaist a white wall.

Susan Elliott


Susan Elliott is a health geographer whose primary area of research focuses on relationships between environment and health, broadly defined...