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Urban Agriculture and Public Health

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, May 25, 2020
End Date
Friday, July 3, 2020
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Urban agriculture is increasingly used as a tool for community development, improving neighborhood engagement, and improving access to healthy food. Through this course, public health students will gain an enhanced understanding of urban agriculture and its impacts on different aspects of public health.
Explores the connections between urban agriculture and public health using case studies around the United States. Examines the people, practices, policies, and public health significance of urban agriculture. Lectures and background reading provide an evidence-based introduction to the connections among public health, agriculture, community development and food justice. Students are expected to listen to online lecture(s), do readings, and quizzes before the course begins. We will invite Baltimore City farmers and entrepreneurs to participate in live video calls with the class to help students blend theory and practice. For a final assignment, students write about the impacts of COVID-19 on their local food system.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the connections between urban agriculture and public health
  2. Discuss key factors that have shaped urban agriculture in Baltimore and other urban locales
  3. Compare various urban agriculture methods and models, including aquaponics, and discuss their strengths and limitations
  4. Identify the potential strengths and limitations of urban agriculture to address food security
  5. Translate the skills and knowledge gained in this course to their own local food environment
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Participation
  • 25% Final Project
  • 25% Quizzes
  • 25% Reflection
Special Comments

For this year only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course will be offered completely online.

Students are expected to listen to lectures and complete readings and quizzes before the start of the course.