Unit 4: Policy and Global Impact

The final unit, Health, Policy and Global Impacts, emphasizes health policies, and the impacts of policies and practices on the health of the planet.  Students gain greater awareness of the ethical considerations in decision-making, and an understanding of how these decisions influence systems socially and physically. Three weeks are devoted to teaching this unit.

Learning Goal

Learning How to Learn. Develop skills to identify studies and engage communities, critique methods and findings, and apply lessons from planning and public health research to current and future problems.

Unit Topics

  • Health Policy
  • Sustainable Planning and Global Warming
  • Healthy Housing

Suggested Readings

Books (select chapters)

  • Frumkin H, Frank L, Jackson R. Urban sprawl and public health: designing, planning, and building for healthy communities. Washington DC: Island Press, 2004.
  • Kawachi I, Berkman LF. Neighborhoods and health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Morris M, Duncan R, Hannaford K, et al. Integrating planning and public health. Chicago: APA Planning Advisory Service, 2006.


In- and Out-of-class Assignments

  • Policy memos
  • Photovoice report
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