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Fall 2013 - 63565 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Built Environment & Public Health

Instructor(s): McCray, Talia M.
Unique Number: 63565
Day & Time: MW 2:30 pm -4:00 pm
Room: SUT 2.110
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course examines the relationship between the built environment and public health issues. Topics include the negative impacts of sprawl, residential segregation, accessibility of public transport, and access to sustainable food systems. Throughout the semester, students will explore how the physical and social characteristics of a neighborhood can shape the health of its residents through readings, presentations by planning and public health officials, and direct engagement with an organization concerned with improving a community’s food system. This course includes a food/natural resources supply/delivery focus. By the end of the course, students should have a good grasp of theories and methodologies used in neighborhood research. In addition students will have an overview of current efforts to promote healthy eating through community and regional food planning. Other topics explored include the degree to which individuals “choose” their neighborhoods, identification of socioeconomic factors that affect residential location, and associations drawn between the characteristics of an individual’s neighborhood and an individual’s health.

This course is cross-listed with CRP 384 #01590.  CRP is home department.