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188.682.01 Buildings, Land Use, Transportation, and Public Health


Environmental Health and Engineering
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:

Addresses the role that the built environment plays in public health. Specifically examines how building design, community planning and design, land use, and transportation networks contribute to energy use, water supply degradation, climate change, ecosystem degradation, and public health. Explores the contributions of suburban sprawl to adverse environmental and public health outcomes. Also examines how transportation policy, green building approaches, the New Urbanism, and Smart Growth offers potential solutions to these challenges.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the major policies and driving factors that resulted in a predominant pattern of land use development in the U.S., termed suburban sprawl
  2. Analyze how land use and transportation networks contribute to adverse public health outcomes
  3. Explain the role of health impact assessment to addressing these issues
  4. Distinguish the focus, tools, and solutions offered by the green architecture, the New Urbanism, and smart growth approaches to the environmental and public health impacts of the built environment
  5. Develop a framework for offering solutions to the impact of the built environment on public health
Methods of Assessment:

Midterm and final papers

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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