Transportation Policy, Equity and Health
Health Policy and Management
2023 - 2024
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Introduction to Online Learning
Through readings, lectures, and interactive discussion, students learn that intersectoral collaborations between public health and the transportation sector can promote options that meet transportation goals, as well as maximize the health-promoting aspects of transportation and mitigate its adverse health impacts.
Provides an overview of the significant effect of transportation on health in terms of safety, air quality, physical activity, noise pollution, and equitable access to opportunities, and importance of this sector for public health. Covers topics including transportation policies that (a) promote safe travel by vehicle, aviation, and rail, (b) foster active transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling), (c) expand public transportation, (d) address air quality and the built environment; and (e) promote equitable access. Uses case studies to highlight transportation policies that have been developed and implemented at the federal, state, and local levels, and describes how they have promoted health or had the unintended consequence of adversely affecting health.
Learning ObjectivesUpon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Summarize the significant effects of transportation on public health
- Explain how transportation policies at the local, state, and federal levels can maximize the health-promoting aspects of transportation and mitigate its adverse health impacts
- Analyze a specific transportation policy and its effects on health
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 40% Participation
- 60% Paper(s)
Undergraduates require consent of instructor prior to registering