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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 an 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. Introduces these concepts and presents case studies for analysis. Emphasizes sensitizing and capacity-building by exposing public health professionals and researchers to the unique urban health problems of developing countries.

Course Objectives

  1. To identify the key issues associated with the rapid growth of urban population in developing countries.
  2. To critically analyze some of these issues and their implications for public health.
  3. To examine methods to deal with the emerging and complex issues of urban health in developing countries by reviewing successful case studies.
  4. To critically analyze the successes and weaknesses of each case study, the lessons learned from them, and learn to apply the lessons.

Course Curriculum

    • Lecture 1: A Framework for the Study of Urban Health (Abdullah Baqui) 00:55:00
    • Lecture 2: Global Urbanization: Trends, Patterns, Determinants, and Impacts (Abdullah Baqui) 00:50:00
    • Lecture 3: The Urban Environment and Health in Developing Countries (Abdullah Baqui) 00:45:00
    • Lecture 4: The Urban Social Environment (William Brieger) 00:59:00
    • Lecture 5: The Burden of Urban Ill-Health from Road Transport in Developing Countries (Adnan Hyder) 00:55:00
    • Lecture 6: Urban Primary Health Care and Health Systems (Abdullah Baqui & William Brieger) 00:55:00
    • Lecture 7: Urbanization and the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (William Moss) 00:55:00
    • Lecture 8: Feeding Cities (William Brieger) 01:00:00
    • Lecture 9: Municipalization and Urban Health: Tendencies in the Americas, Lessons Learned, and Challenges (Marilyn Rice) 00:59:00
    • Lecture 10: Urban Health in India: A Case Study (Siddharth Agarwal) 01:00:00
    • Lecture 11: Selected Strategies to Improve Access to and Quality of Urban Primary Health Care (Abdullah Baqui) 01:00:00
    • 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) 01:00:00
    • Urban Health in Developing Countries Assignment 00:30:00
    • Live Talk Presentations 01:00:00

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