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.