Special Topics in Contemporary Planning Issues

Every year, ALUP’s spe­cial top­ics cours­es bring dif­fer­ent issues to our class­rooms, keep­ing pace with what’s new and excit­ing in the field of plan­ning. Fresh for the 2019/2020 aca­d­e­m­ic year, Cre­at­ing Health­i­er Com­mu­ni­ties” promis­es to be a treat for the program’s stu­dents, as well as for pro­fes­sion­al and cit­i­zen plan­ners with an eye for cre­at­ing spaces that make a dif­fer­ence in people’s lives. Course will include a site tour and guest lectures.
Course at a glance

FA1 topic: Creating Healthier Communities

At the crossroad between public health and urban planning, healthy built environments (HBE) initiatives have been multiplying in forward-thinking communities all over the world. An international expert in the field, Dr. Karen Lee will guide learners on an exploration of how urban planning can be instrumental in the prevention of global pandemics like obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

What you will learn

  • Through lectures, group discussions, and field visits, this intensive two-day, full-day course will discuss the key built environment factors that influence physical activity and diets in both positive and negative ways.
  • Learn about strategies for implementing policy and practice interventions for improving the built environment for physical activity and healthy eating, and examine examples of cities that have successfully implemented HBE interventions and achieved results.
  • Identify the co-benefits like economic, environmental and accessibility benefits for municipalities that have been documented from creating a healthier community. Current work and resources for Alberta communities wanting to start or expand this work will also be shared.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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