About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for INTRODUCTION TO URBAN HEALTH (380.635.01), a course offered by the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

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.

Course Learning Objectives

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

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

Course Time

Fri   9:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

MPH, doctoral, medical, and nursing students, and postdoctoral fellows

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student presentation, research paper and class participation

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

M. Christopher Gibbons
E-mail: mgibbons@jhsph.edu