Description: This course will fulfill the "Integrative Seminar" requirement for the Healthy Cities Graduate Certificate. The course combines public health, public policy, and built environment perspectives within one classroom. Classes are organized around guest speakers from various disciplines who will discuss the significance of interdisciplinary approaches to addressing urban health issues.
Course Goals: The integrative seminar is designed to combine perspectives from public health, public policy, and the built environment within a single classroom. Professionals working in these three fields have different ways of understanding the world, use different terminology to describe the phenomenon of interest, use different standards of evidence, and frame the scope of the problem in different ways. Students learn about these different approaches through the required coursework. Then, in the integrative seminar, the certificate students come together as a cohort to explore these differences and build cross-disciplinary understanding. To facilitate this process, class sessions are organized around a guest speaker series. Speakers from a variety of disciplines meet with the students to discuss the benefits and challenges of using interdisciplinary collaborations to address public health in urban contexts.
Competencies: ·Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health.
·Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
Learning Objectives: ·Explain effects of environmental factors on a population's health.
·Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities.
This course is cross-listed with URP 612 002 in the Urban Planning department.