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Finlay, Jessica Marie

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research overview

  • Dr. Finlay is a health geographer and environmental gerontologist who uses mixed methods to investigate how built, social, and natural environments affect health, well-being, and quality of life. In particular, she focuses on aging in place and cognitive health disparities among underrepresented and under-served older adults. Dr. Finlay also investigates impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on neighborhood environments and health among aging Americans.


  • Health geography, neighborhoods and health, aging and the life course, socio-geographic determinants of health, social epidemiology, health disparities, qualitative methods, mixed methods


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courses taught

  • GEOG 3692 - Introduction to Global Public Health
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Introduces global health by putting its contemporary definition, determinants, development and direction as a field into a broad global context. The course is divided into four core topics: 1) the burden and distribution of disease and mortality; 2) the determinants of global health disparities; 3) the development of global health policies; and 4) the outcomes of global health interventions. Required for the Public Health Certificate.


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