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.
Please note that the course readings are not found on this website. Instead,
log in to Blackboard and
click on the "Readings" tab.