Planning for Health
The places where we live, work, and play have changed drastically in the past century. Such changes have a direct and indirect impact on the public's health and the way we conceptualize health outcomes. Places that are manmade are considered part of the “built environment.” More broadly, the “Built Environment” is an interdisciplinary field of study that addresses the design, management, and use of manmade surroundings and their relationship to the human activities that take place within them. In this course, students will examine how to plan places designed to improve the public’s health, critically examining the risk and protective factors in the environment linked to health and safety outcomes. In addition, it will address the key health issues that should be considered in planning, tools and methods to translate research into action, and emerging trends in planning, real estate, and design are influencing the industry. The goal of the course is to make places healthier in an evidence-based, effective, and health-driven manner, therefore an emphasis will be placed on students learning how to translate theoretical concepts to local and national health and safety issues.