Urban Health in Contemporary America

Last Thursday, March 29, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) rolled out a new course, Urban Health in Contemporary America. In this course students will examine structures that impact the determinants of health within the context of urban environments.

The goal of the course is to equip students with the knowledge and tools to:

  • Describe the historical forces that led to the rise of cities in the U.S. and the social and economic factors shaping contemporary urban crises

  • Develop and apply a framework for conceptualizing urban health, its components, and their interrelationships

  • Assess the relative importance of the characteristics of contemporary U.S. cities in shaping the health of their populations

  • Articulate the structural factors that lead to advantaged and disadvantaged populations in major urban centers in the U.S.

  • Explain and discuss controversies in urban health from multiple perspectives

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