Challenges of Sustainable Urban Health (WS 17/18)

Description and objectives of the course


This course is designed to acquaint students with the key principles of sutainable urban health and to identiify the relationships and Interfaces between health professionals, urban planners and developers using real-world examples. It is increasingly recognized that the design of urban space and residential environment does not only involve topics of spatial and urban planning but is also stronly connected with environmental, social and health aspects. According to the WHO, health-focused urban design can help to decrease the burden of non-communicable diseases by promoting healthy Lifestyles and making cities climate friendly and resilient.


Therefore the aim of this course is to enable students to gain knowledge about the main concepts and instruments in urban health.


Theoretical parts of the Seminar will include introduction to:

  • supportive Environments for health according to the Ottawa Charta and Health in All Policy (HiAP)
  • key principles of urban health
  • (health) indicators
  • (small scale) health reporting and mapping

Practical Tasks will include:

  • mapping different urban and health indicators in ArcGIS
  • health reporting and identification of main health problems in different urban Areas


Course Format

The course will be a combination of classical lectures, invited talks and practical elements



Students should be familiar with ArcGIS or similar mapping Tools.


Details of the course and timetables

The course is divided into five Meetings, each of 3 hours length (9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.). Homework and participation during seminars are mandatory. Site visits are possible and students are expected to participate.


The course starts on 17th Jan 2018, following dates are: 24th Jan, 31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb.



Students must hand in a short final Report at the end of the course (28th Feb 2018) and be prepared to briefly present findings in class.