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So Ra Baek
URBDP 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics for each quarter vary, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter.

Class description

This course provides an overview of the linkages between public health outcomes and the built environment. We will begin with a review of the literature on public health and also on transportation, urban design, and urban planning. We will look at social/ecological models, GIS data, and urban form measures that assess the built environment context for walking/physical activity, food environment and deserts, transportation planning research, etc. In the latter part of the course we will apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to objectively measure the physical characteristics of neighborhood design and land use.

Student learning goals

Our goal is to understand and to evaluate the social/ecological models and existing study designs, and to offer guidance on best-practice techniques for measuring built environment for healthy community research.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Of particular interest to students from CEP, urban design and planning, public health including epidemiology and environmental health.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by So Ra Baek
Date: 04/26/2013