END 308- Health and Urban Environments

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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

Faculty: Baek

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.