STRIDE webinar: Dr. Davis and Dr. Bornstein, The Citadel- Creation of graduate curriculum explaining relationships between Public Health, Physical Activity, Urban Mobility and The Built Environment
Evidence-based research from the public health profession has determined adverse factors associated with the built environment, transportation system, urban land use patterns, and travel mode choices are contributing to declining public health and rising healthcare costs in U.S. metropolitan areas. The objective of this project was to develop a multidisciplinary graduate-level course addressing the intersection between public health, transportation and the built environment. This course focused on establishing basis of need for and potential benefits from implementation of optimal solutions to the challenging dilemma of how the built environment impacts urban mobility, transportation infrastructure, network connectivity, sustainability, livability, and public health. Interconnections between the fields of physical activity, public health, public policy and engineering planning and design will be identified. The goal was for students with diverse backgrounds, in a variety of academic fields, to be able to evaluate urban, suburban communities, and neighborhoods to identify positive and adverse effects of the built environment on levels of physical activity and measures of public health, with an emphasis on adoption of polices and approaches for improving desirable outcomes supporting healthier communities.