Applications ClosedShort Course on Urbanization and Health: Systems Approaches

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    This five-day course will improve participants’ understanding of relationships between urbanization and human health. Following an introduction to systems thinking, participants will use case study examples to explore major urban development and health challenges. Participants will then have an opportunity to share, examine and reflect on urban health problems they currently face in their own fields of practice.

    The course will include a one-day field excursion to learn about mass transit in a local context.


    By the end of the course, participants should:

    • Be aware of major factors influencing health and wellbeing in urban environments and the cross- linkages among them
    • Understand how systems approaches can help address policy resistance and identify potential intervention points while being alert for unintended consequences
    • Be able to apply new knowledge to their own urban management problems

    Who Will Benefit from the Course

    This course is for professionals working in the broad urban sphere in low- and middle-income countries. It aims to include a diverse range of expertise – urban planning, design, engineering, public health, health promotion – from policy and practice to academic and community perspectives.

    To derive maximum benefit, candidates should have a good working knowledge of English, basic computer literacy and some practical experience of working on urban problems.

    Key Topics

    • Overview of urban health – from local to global
    • An introduction to systems thinking
    • Case studies
    • Transportation, energy, pollution, health
    • Infectious diseases in urban environments
    • Urban mental health and wellbeing
    • Engaging stakeholders
    • Responding to urban health problems

    Training Methodologies

    Lectures, case studies, interactive discussion, small group exercises, guided computer exploration, field excursion.

    Course Costs

    Because of generous financial support from MTCP, there is no course fee and accommodation and meals are provided. Depending on the country of origin, participants may also be provided with a return economy airfare.


    The course will be led by experts from UNU and the Institute for Environment and Development, National University Malaysia (LESTARI, UKM). As urban and health professionals from a broad range of countries, participants will also benefit from each other’s insights and expertise.

    Advanced Requirements

    All participants need to submit an abstract of about 250 words describing an urban problem they are currently addressing.

  • Venue: UNU-IIGH Building at the UKM Medical Centre
    in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
    Contact Person: Dr. Cheah Swee Neo
    Tel: +603 9171 5394 ext. 106
    Fax: +603 9171 5402