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JOINT DEGREE IN URBAN PLANNING
AND POLICY AND PUBLIC HEALTH
In CUPPA, we guide our students
to pair their hopes for the future
with the skills to make real
change possible. We believe in
understanding communities first
as the foundation for big picture
impacts. In Chicago and around
the world, we strive to create just,
resilient, and livable communities.
PLANNING AT THE NEXUS OF
THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The professions of urban planning and public health both have roots
in the challenges of infectious disease in cities during the progressive
era. Today, city planners and public health experts are once again
called upon to work at the nexus of the built environment and health.
Public health experts are drawn by the role of the environment in
fostering or lessening chronic disease and planners are focused on
human well-being as a key component in urban sustainability. This
dual degree program marries both disciplines into a valuable whole.
The need for professionals trained in urban planning & policy and
public health is informed by national and international trends focused
on improving the health and well-being of urban populations. These
include efforts to reduce obesity and chronic diseases (by increasing
the walkability of neighborhoods), health inequities, environmental
injustice, unhealthy food production and consumption, negative
effects of climate change, poor mental health related to long
commutes, and exposure to environmental toxins including lead in
drinking water and contaminated urban brownfields.