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180.614.61 Urban Agriculture and Public Health

Department:
Environmental Health and Engineering
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Sat 06/08/2019 - Sun 06/09/2019
Class Times:
  • Saturday,  8:00am - 3:50pm
  • Sunday,  8:00am - 2:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
David Love
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Description:

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:

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

  1. Describe the connections between urban agriculture and public health
  2. Discuss key factors that have shaped urban agriculture in Baltimore and other urban locales
  3. Compare various urban agriculture methods and models, including aquaponics, and discuss their strengths and limitations
  4. Identify the potential strengths and limitations of urban agriculture to address food security
  5. 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.