Healthy Places: Practice, Policy, and Population Health|
Spring 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Health Studies|
The built environment influences many aspects of health and well-being: psychological stressors (crime, noise, and violence), what people eat, the water they drink, the air they breathe, where (or if) they work, the housing that shelters them, where they go for health care, what social networks are available for support, and how political power is distributed and public resources allocated. How cities, suburbs, and rural areas are managed; local policy; and planning and design decisions can all help determine whether the places we live will be threats to public health and, perhaps more important, to an aging society. The focus of this course connects the fields of planning, psychology, and public health to explore contemporary challenges (and innovations) in the 21st-century built environment. Students will explore the multiple forces that impact population health, how to analyze these determinants, and what roles planning and public health agencies, as well as other institutions such as local governments, civil society, the private sector, and communities themselves, can play in research and action aimed at improving physical and mental health.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(PSYC)
Dannenberg, A. L., Frumkin, H., & Jackson, R. J. (2011). Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability.
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Critical reading and reflection assignments; in-class assignments, student-led discussion facilitation and final paper
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