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188.682.98 A Built Environment for a Healthy and Sustainable Future

Environmental Health and Engineering
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/13/2017 - Wed 11/15/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judith Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

This course is intended for anyone interested in learning about how the built environment affects our health and well-being. We will address some rural and agricultural land use issues, but the majority of the course will focus on the urban built environment and transportation infrastructure. We will explore ways to change the urban built environment to contribute fewer greenhouse gases and also to adapt to a changing climate. With more than half of the global population now living in cities, this is a timely topic.

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 the built environment could and must change if we are to stabilize the climate and move into a sustainable future.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Analyze how land use and transportation networks contribute to adverse public health outcomes
  2. Explain the role of health impact assessment in addressing these issues
  3. Use Systems Thinking to explain the relationships between the built environment, climate change, equity, and public health
  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 considering different strategies of creating or transforming the built environment for a sustainable future
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (20%); group work and presentation (40%); final paper (40%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHU students must obtain permission to register from Judy Holzer in HPM.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3 days in Barcelona. Students must physically be in Barcelona to participate. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course. The paper outline will be due Dec 8, 2017 with the final paper due on Dec 19, 2017.