Description: This course will introduce students to the foundations of how history, politics and structural determinants of health interact to crease urban health inequities in cities worldwide.
Course Goals: The goal of this course is to introduce students to the foundations of urban health including the various determinants and health-related factors and their interactions, that results in urban health inequities in cities worldwide.
Competencies: Describe the impact of age, life course, gender, sexuality, ability, race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, culture, and biology on health status, health behavior, and health behavior change.
Describe the role of structural and ecologic factors that influence health status, health behavior, and health behavior change.
Describe the role of policy, legal, and regulatory environments on health status, health behavior, and health behavior change.
Describe the political, environmental, economic, cultural, and psychological influences on health status, health behavior, and health behavior change within and across settings and countries with varying levels of economic resources.
Describe the social and environmental contributors to health inequities for different health problems and condition
Describe health-related inequities through qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Learning Objectives: Learn the foundations of global urban health including some of the stakeholders involved in city wide decision-making.
Gain understanding on some of the concepts of urban health and determinants of health including the social and physical factors like housing, urban design, employment, transportation and so on.
Develop a research plan to study an urban health issue in a city within the US including the proposal of solutions and recommendations to address the issue.
Develop a health communication campaign to drive policy change to address a city-specific issue.