Urban Health in Crisis: Response from Sub-Saharan Africa

Since the 1950’s, rapid urbanization has been one of the most consequential worldwide trends to impact societies. Over 50% of the world’s population now live in urban areas. Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing the fastest rate of urban growth in the world and is the continent with the largest need for resources to achieve sustainable economic development. This course will explore the challenges of addressing urban health, sometimes referred to as the “crisis of urban health in Sub-Saharan Africa”. It will analyze and visualize key issues that policy makers, planners and implementers are currently addressing. The course is open to a wide audience – designed for both general interest students and professionals working in the field, such as municipal officers, urban planners, and community organizers. The study of urban health traditionally looks to the interconnections between the built environment, social dynamics, and the health of individuals. Given the complex multidimensional settings in urban Sub-Saharan Africa, recent pandemics, and resource challenges, this course will look further to both understand and address urban health issues. Learn from world-renowned experts with hands-on experience in managing urban health challenges and explore these topics through a highly visual and case-study-based course. This course was conceptualized and developed through collaboration among The University of Health and Allied Sciences (Ghana), The University of Ghana, and Georgetown University (USA).

Created by: Georgetown University

Level: Introductory

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