180.614.61 Urban Agriculture and Public Health
- Environmental Health and Engineering
- Summer Inst. term
- 2 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
- East Baltimore
- Sat 06/08/2019 - Sun 06/09/2019
- Class Times:
- Saturday, 8:00am - 3:50pm
- Sunday, 8:00am - 2:20pm
Urban agriculture is increasingly used as a tool for community development, improving neighborhood engagement, and improving access to healthy food. Through this course, public health students will gain an enhanced understanding of urban agriculture and its impacts on different aspects of public health.
Explores the connections between urban agriculture and public health using case studies around the United States. Examines the people, practices, policies, and public health significance of urban agriculture. Lectures and background reading provide an evidence-based introduction to the connections among public health, agriculture, community development and food justice. Students are expected to listen to online lecture(s), do readings, and quizzes before the course begins. The in-person portion of the course is based in Baltimore City. Field trips to local urban farms and interviews with urban farmers help students blend theory and practice. For a final assignment, students will apply what they have learned about urban agriculture and public health by completing an exercise in farm planning.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe the connections between urban agriculture and public health
- Discuss key factors that have shaped urban agriculture in Baltimore and other urban locales
- Compare various urban agriculture methods and models, including aquaponics, and discuss their strengths and limitations
- Identify the potential strengths and limitations of urban agriculture to address food security
- Translate the skills and knowledge gained in this course to their own local food environment
- Methods of Assessment:
Quizzes (20%), class participation in discussion forums, live talks, and the in-class portion (60%), and a final assignment (20%).
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
This is a blended course, with portions online, and an in-person portion based in Baltimore City and featuring field trips to urban farms throughout the city. Students are expected to listen to lectures and complete readings and quizzes before the start of the course.