Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: DPH306
Module Title: The Practise of Public Health IV: Planning Healthy Cities
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: DPH203DPH305
This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of concepts related to urbanization and health and the frameworks for healthy cities.
Learning outcomes 
A Formulate an understanding of, and appreciation for, the complex health processes resulting from urbanization.

B Critically appraise sustainable urban planning concepts employed in the creation of healthy cities.

C Devise solutions to the health challenges of urbanization and recommendations to design healthier cities.

D Design a programme to improve urban health.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lecture, small group discussions in seminars, tutorials and debates will all be utilised. Additionally, videos will be introduced as needed. And students will have an opportunity to practice concepts of urban planning.
Week 1 Frameworks for studying urban health

Introduction to Healthy Cities.

Week 2 The Built Environment and the determinants of health

Overview of how the built environment can affect population health.

Week 3 History of Built Environment and Health

Historical overview of the relationship between urban planning and health.

Week 4 Urban Planning and Design I: Infrastructure

Introduction to basic concepts of urban planning and design.

Week 5 Urban Planning and Design II: Transportation

Overview of how the design of urban transportation can affect health.

Week 6 Healthy Housing and the Environment

Review of how to protect the health of urban populations against internal and external toxic environments.

Week 7 Nutrition and the built environment

We review Popkins' theory of the obesogenic environment and assess how the urban environment can support or thwart healthy nutrition.

Week 8 Vulnerable populations and the built environment

Critical analysis of how the built environment affects vulnerability with a special focus on disability and ageing.

Week 9 Mental Health and Urban Environments

Examination of how population density and urban planning can affect mental health.

Week 10 Urban Planning for Natural Disasters and Epidemics

Assessment of how best to plan cities to reduce the impact of natural disasters in urban areas. Case examples of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina and Toronto and SARS.

Week 11 Unplanned Urban Migration

Critical examination of the global increase in urban migration and how unplanned urban migration can affect health. Case examples of the developing slums of Caracas and the magnitude of the damage of the earthquake in Haiti.

Week 12 Planned Urban Migration

Analysis of the planning of mass rural to urban migration in China.

Week 13 Planning Sustainable Cities

Assessing how to design and plan for healthy sustainable cities.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  26  4      94  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essays (Three 1000+ Word Analyses) 30.00
2 Presentation (Oral) 10.00
3 Final Essay (3,000 Word Revision Of Essays) (10,000 Words) Research Thesis (10,000 Words) Research Thesis 30.00
4 Portfolio Of Healthy City Design (2000+ Words) 30.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/8/2019 3:17:50 AM