Introduction to Urban Environmental Health
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Course Number: LSCI 2300
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Social Justice
- Urban History, Theory & Criticism
In this course, we will look at a broad range of factors affecting public health in urban environments. In 2009, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s population resides in urban areas. Urban growth has outpaced the ability of governments to build essential infrastructures, and one in three urban dwellers lives in slums or informal settlements. The pace of urbanization results in built and social environments that place stress on human immune systems, increase exposures to industrial toxins, and present sanitation challenges. In addition, the effects of climate change have led to concerns about renewed incidence of infectious diseases that disproportionally affect urban populations. We will study how these factors collectively affect a city’s health, as well as how these cities can respond to meet the increased challenges.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Undergraduate students.