The Urban Project
Community Health

Academic offerings: Courses such as Evidence-Based Public Health and Public Health & Social Justice will bring into stark relief for students the role the environment plays in population health. We use concrete examples of how heavy metals in housing and soil, particulate matter in the air, and contamination of potable water sources affect the health of populations in St. Louis and around the world. The social-justice course illuminates how marginalized communities have less ability to change their environment and therefore have less recourse to protect their health. The evidence-based course explain that, in order to lead to change in public policy, the links between health and the environment must be driven by scientific evidence.

Experiential learning: Three of our program's courses provide opportunities for students to apply public-health knowledge in the community. Access to health services, the environment's impact on population health, education's relevance to health literacy and much more will be explored by volunteering in local organizations that seek to improve the health of the community.

Employment opportunities: Health care is one of the most promising sectors of the economy for those seeking employment. A growing emphasis in the domestic arena and a retiring public-health workforce will provide many opportunities for employment in the public and private sectors. A study conducted in 2007 determined that by 2012, 50% of the state health agency workers will be eligible to retire. Several studies have indicated that there are not enough properly trained public health officials to replace them.


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