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This course explores the emerging public health issues associated with rapid growth of urban population in developing countries, with a particular focus on the urban poor. Includes urban demography, epidemiology, changes in urban physical and social environment and their consequences for health, nutritional issues, the inadequacy of conventional health services, and the design and implementation of a coordinated and cost-effective health care system.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: JHSPH Open

Course Curriculum

Lecture 1 A Framework for the Study of Urban Health (Abdullah Baqui) 00:30:00
Lecture 2 Global Urbanization Trends, Patterns, Determinants, and Impacts (Abdullah Baqui) 00:30:00
Lecture 3The Urban Environment and Health in Developing Countries (Abdullah Baqui) 00:35:00
Lecture 4The Urban Social Environment (William Brieger) 00:40:00
Lecture 5 The Burden of Urban Ill-Health from Road Transport in Developing Countries (Adnan Hyder) 00:35:00
Lecture 6 Urban Primary Health Care and Health Systems (Abdullah Baqui & William Brieger) 00:35:00
Lecture 7Urbanization and the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (William Moss) 01:00:00
Lecture 8 Feeding Cities (William Brieger) 00:30:00
Lecture 9 Municipalization and Urban Health Tendencies in the Americas, Lessons Learned, and Challenges (Marilyn Rice) 01:00:00
Lecture 10 Urban Health in India A Case Study (Siddharth Agarwal) 01:20:00
Lecture 11 Selected Strategies to Improve Access to and Quality of Urban Primary Health Care (Abdullah Baqui) 00:50:00
Lecture 12 Urban Environment Case Study 2 Community Health Coalitions in Urban Nigeria, 1994-2005 (Brieger) 01:00:00
Lecture 13 A Case Study on Participatory Budgeting in Latin America (Marilyn Rice) 00:25:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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