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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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28 nov. 2023
Noté 3 étoiles sur 5.

While the content and lectures were fantastic and provided valuable insight, there was a distinct lack of overlap with the assignments and tutorials. The tutor often contradicted what the subject coordinator said for assignments leading to lots of confusion among the students. With hindsight, I would not have opted to study this subject.


22 sept. 2023
Noté 5 étoiles sur 5.

This subject explores the impact of the built environment on health - a really fascinating subject where the social determinants of health lens is applied to urban planning. Dr. Geoff Browne is a fun lecturer who does a fantastic job of explaining complex concepts in a nuanced. but simplified way. The assignments are super practical and are a great opportunity to build technical skills. We also had a field trip for one of the assessments which was cool and it highlights the applied nature of the subject. One of my favorite subjects available to MPH students. I highly recommend it if you are interested in social determinants and are looking for more practical assignments.

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