About the Course

Introduces students to the historic forces associated with the rise of the modern city and fundamental characteristics of urban living in the United States, and discusses the implications for healthcare and population health resulting from the increase (now more than half the world’s population) in urban populations. Examines broad health indices in the inner cities, such as mortality rate, infant mortality rate, and overall life expectancy, as well as matters of social and racial inequality. Also examines factors associated with urban health such as poverty, poor nutrition, inadequate and unsafe housing, exposure to violence, and lack of a social services infrastructure. Enables students to appreciate the complexity and diversity of the major determinants of health among domestic urban populations.

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Department: Population, Family and Reproductive Health 
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2017 – 2018
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times: Friday,  9:00 – 11:50am
Auditors Allowed: Yes
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact: Robert Blum
Course Instructor: Robert Blum
TA: Ken Morales

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the contemporary/historic social, economic and societal forces that led to the rise of the modern city
  2. Outline the major positive/negative health impacting characteristics of contemporary urban living in the U.S.
  3. Discuss the relative importance/impact of these characteristics on the health of urban populations
  4. Outline the limitations of the traditional healthcare system and medical research to addressing health issues in the urban environment
  5. Articulate major research gaps and opportunities in the field of Urban Health

Methods of Assessment: Student presentation, research paper and class participation

Enrollment Restriction: No auditors

Instructor Consent: No consent required