END 308– Health and Urban Environments
Course No.: 22449
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Semester: 2015 Spring
Location: Diefendorf – 206
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday-Thursday
Meeting Time: 9:00AM - 10:20AM
This course is intended to introduce student to diverse health issues which are related with urban/physical environments in contemporary cities and stimulate interest in what is fascinating and challenging about this broad subject. Living conditions are the most important determinant of population health and the most promising strategy for promoting health of the public in urban environments are improving these conditions. Lectures will focus on determinants of health in cities such as social and physical environments, local and global perspectives on changing cities, health outcomes, and the system of health and social services. The main textbook for this course is “Cities and the Health of the Public” and there will be a site visit. In class, students will engage in contemporary intellectual debates and also will lead a discussion on environmentally-caused diseases, pollution-related diseases, health care systems planning & reforms, globalization of illness, aging/hospice, etc. A final product will be a paper with your choice of topic.