In this course we will examine the impact of the physical environment on human health and well-being through the life course. Environmental factors to be examined will include characteristics of the built and natural environment, housing and neighborhood, as well as sprawl, the dominance of the automobile and patterns of American landscape development. We will conceptualize "health" outcomes broadly to include physical health, obesity, mental health, cognitive functioning, etc. Working within the life course perspective, we will focus on environmental factors that may act as either protective mechanisms - fostering the long-term resilience of individuals or as risk factors - contributing to long-term vulnerability.


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