About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for BUILDINGS, LAND USE, TRANSPORTATION, AND PUBLIC HEALTH (188.682.01), a course offered by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Course Description

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 transportation policy, green building approaches, the New Urbanism, and Smart Growth offers potential solutions to these challenges.

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Course Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to be able to do the following: •Explain the major policies and driving factors that resulted in a predominant pattern of land use development in the U.S., termed suburban sprawl. •Analyze how land use and transportation networks contribute to adverse public health outcomes. •Explain the role of health impact assessment to addressing these issues. •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. •Develop a framework for offering solutions to the impact of the built environment on public health.

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Course Time

Fri   1:30 PM to 3:20 PM

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Course Faculty
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Intended Audience

Students in the Global Environmental Sustainability & Health MPH concentration and anyone interested in issues of land use, the built environment, transportation policy, smart growth, and sustainable communities.

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Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Midterm and final papers

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

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