Integrating Health and Planning

Overview

In the urban age, the health and wellbeing of humanity will be determined by the liveability, sustainability and productivity of its cities. A growing body of Australian and international evidence demonstrates that urban design is inextricably linked with public health.

This subject explores the links between urban planning and health, such as physical activity, diets, social interaction, and air quality, to identify strategies for how urban planning, design and policy can contribute to creating healthier communities. This subject identifies the complexity of health risk factors in cities and invites students to think about variation in these by different geographic and demographic groups.

The subject draws on theory, spatial data analysis, case studies and the current policy and legislative framework in Victoria and Australia. Students will learn to assess the health and social impacts of planning and design decisions and identify urban policy responses to protect and promote health and wellbeing.

Course content

  • Theories: health promoting urban planning
  • Policy framework
  • Methods: spatial data analysis, Health Impact Assessment, policy analysis
  • Case studies: health promoting urban planning in practice

Ideal for

The primary target audience are students in urban planning, architecture and urban development at RMIT, as well as practicing urban planners. The secondary audiences are local government officials that may take part in related trainings and other stakeholders in urban development.

Important Information

Early Bird Offer: Enter promotional code EARLYIHP to receive a 10% discount, at time of enrolment, valid until 14 June 2019.

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Outcome

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broader theories and determinants of health, contemporary public health challenges, and their relationship with the built environment;
  • Critically analyse policy examples and/or guidelines applicable to public health and urban planning;
  • Understand how spatial data can be used to plan for health and wellbeing and explore heath associations in cities and how these vary geographically and demographically
  • Develop planning interventions, including health impact assessments, for improving the health of communities

Materials supplied

Access to articles on the reading list, lecture slides for each lecture

Materials to bring

Pen/pencil and notebook.

Laptop

Award

Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Generic skills

This subject will contribute to the development of the following generic skills:

  • Ability to use a wide range of research tools, methods and strategies to generate new knowledge and inform decision-making in urban planning and environment contexts;
  • Development of communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical findings, and professional decisions to diverse audiences including policy makers and practitioners as well as non-professional audiences;
  • Critical analysis and reflection on the interplay of economic, political, social, cultural and ecological factors in urban planning and apply to scholarly and professional practice.

Facilitator


Claire Boulange

In the urban age, the health and wellbeing of humanity will be determined by the liveability, sustainability and productivity of its cities. A growing body of Australian and international evidence demonstrates that urban design is inextricably linked with public health.

This subject explores the links between urban planning and health, such as physical activity, diets, social interaction, and air quality, to identify strategies for how urban planning, design and policy can contribute to creating healthier communities. This subject identifies the complexity of health risk factors in cities and invites students to think about variation in these by different geographic and demographic groups.

The subject draws on theory, spatial data analysis, case studies and the current policy and legislative framework in Victoria and Australia. Students will learn to assess the health and social impacts of planning and design decisions and identify urban policy responses to protect and promote health and wellbeing.

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