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Healthy Communities (ABPL90022)

Find the subject in the Handbook here. Schedule: Semester 2 (Parkville Campus)

Subject Description

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in understanding how the built environment impacts health and well-being. Spatial disparities in access to jobs, affordable housing, and essential services contribute to health issues, including obesity, violence, and depression in urban areas. Urban planners and designers hold a significant role in integrating health into community planning. This course explores global and local policies, legislative frameworks, and Health Impact Assessment to prioritize health and well-being in urban planning. It also focuses on developing practical skills for professionals to assess sites, plans, and policies from a health perspective, promoting healthier and more equitable urban environments.

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• Briefing paper - 1000 words (20%)

• Policy analysis - 1600 words (25%)

• Group presentation - 10 minutes (10%)

• Group Health Impact Assessment report - 8000 words (35%)

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