Introduction to Urban Environmental Health

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Urban Environmental Health

Spring 2021

Taught By: Alexa Riggs

Section: A

CRN: 8493

Credits: 4

In this course we will look at a broad range of social and political factors affecting public health in urban environments. Currently over half of the globe’s population now lives in cities, a proportion that’s projected to increase to 70% by 2050. Inequitable and inefficient urban planning can lead to built and social environments that place stress on human immune systems, increase exposures to industrial toxins, and present sanitation challenges, disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations. In addition, the effects of climate change and air pollution have led to concerns about the persistence of infectious and chronic diseases as they relate to health disparities. We will examine how these factors collectively affect a city's health, as well as how cities measure, track, and hold themselves accountable to respond to, or prevent, these urban challenges using a social justice and planetary health framework that seeks to balance health, social well-being, and ecological integrity. Students are evaluated based on exams, writing assignments, and class participation. This course is offered every fall and counts as a foundation course for the major or minor in Interdisciplinary Science. This course also counts towards the elective for the major in Urban Studies, Global Studies, Environmental Studies, and minor in Sustainable Cities.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (LSTS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:10pm 9/26/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021