188.682.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
F 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Midterm and final papers

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.