The first unit, Planning and Public Health Foundations, provides students with an overview of both fields, from their origins to the present. Emphasizing the first learning goal, foundational knowledge, this unit orients students to core values and histories of both fields and interdisciplinary connections. Two weeks are devoted to teaching this unit.
Foundational Knowledge. Understand public health and planning history, evolution and significant movements to the present, and historical and current theories on the relationship between the built environment and public health.
- Planning History
- Public Health History
- Interdisciplinary Applications
Books (select chapters)
- Frumkin H, Frank L, Jackson R. Urban sprawl and public health: designing, planning, and building for healthy communities. Washington DC: Island Press, 2004.
- Kawachi I, Berkman LF. Neighborhoods and health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
- Morris M, Duncan R, Hannaford K, et al. Integrating planning and public health. Chicago: APA Planning Advisory Service, 2006.
- Dannenberg AL, Jackson RJ, Frumkin H, Schieber RA, Pratt M, Kochitzky C, Tilson HH. The impact of community design and land-use choices on public health: a scientific research agenda. Am J Public Health 2003;93(9):1500-8.
- Malizia EE. Planning and Public Health: Research Options for an Emerging Field. Journal of Planning Education and Research 2006;25:428-432.
- Northridge ME, Sclar ED, Biswas P. Sorting out the connections between the built environment and health: a conceptual framework for navigating pathways and planning healthy cities. J Urban Health 2003;80(4):556-68.
- Peterson J. The impact of sanitary reform upon American urban planning, 1840-1990. J Soc Hist 1979;13(1):83-103.
- Shoshkes E, Adler S. Planning for healthy people/healthy places: lessons from mid-twentieth century global discourse. Planning Perspectives 2009; 24(2):197-217. (**NEW ADDITION**)
In- and Out-of-class Assignments
- Local neighborhood case study
- Campus and neighborhood walkability assessment