Planning for Community Health
This specialty reflects the recent resurgence of interest in what civic stakeholders, local communities, and global society are doing to ensure that urban and urbanizing landscapes are healthy and desirable places. The way a community is planned, its land development patterns, transportation and housing options, or community design, play an important role in shaping the health of those living there.
The specialization consists of two required and two elective courses. The required courses are:
- URP 5521-Public Health Epidemiology
- URP 5526-Healthy Cities, Healthy Communities
Two elective courses should be chosen from the following list:
- URP 5525-Health Behavior and Education
- HSC 5216-Environmental Health
- HSC 5203-Public Health History, Philosophy & Policy
- GEO 5934-Medical Geography
- PUP 5607-Health Politics & Policy Analysis
- SYA 6933-Social Epidemiology
- SYA 6933-Neighborhood, Stress & Unhealthy Behaviors
- ISS 5930-Public Health Law
- SYO 6407-Race, Ethnicity, and Health
- HSC 5930-Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Other courses may be used as electives with permission of the advisor.
Students are encouraged to select a concentration in a particular issue area of planning for health. Concentrations can be in one of the other Department specializations (such as Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management or Housing and Community Development) or can consist of two thematically selected courses from the list of electives, plus two additional related electives from within, or outside the Department. Students should consult with an advisor from the specialization for the coursework appropriate to different concentrations.