This specialty reflects the recent resurgence of interest in what civic stakeholders, local communities, and global society are doing to ensure that urban and urbanizing landscapes are healthy and desirable places. The way a community is planned--its land development patterns, transportation and housing options, or community design--plays an important role in shaping the health of those living there.
Students specializing in planning for community health must take the following two required courses:
- URP 5521 Public Health Epidemiology
- URP 5526 Healthy Cities, Healthy Communities
Students are also required to take two additional course selected from a list of approved courses that include, but are not limited to:
- URP 5525 Health Behavior and Education
- HSC 5216 Environmental Health
- HSC 5203 Public Health History, Philosophy & Policy
- GEO 5934 Medical Geography
- PUP 5607 Health Politics & Policy Analysis
- SYA 6933 Social Epidemiology
- SYA 6933 Neighborhood, Stress & Unhealthy Behaviors
- ISS 5930 Public Health Law
- URP 5939 Multicultural Communities and Cities
- URP 5939 Food Systems
Prospective students should contact the department’s admissions coordinator for more information about the planning for community health specialization. Current students should consult the graduate student handbook for more details about specialization and degree requirements.
Preparedness Planner, Desoto County Health Department
Relief worker, South Sudan, Africa
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, South Florida
City Planning Department, Tallahassee, Florida
Specialization Research at FSU
The thrust of Prof Coutts's biophilic epidemiology research is aimed at examining the role of green infrastructure in supporting human health and well-being. Some examples of this research are:
Coutts, C. & Berke, T. (2013). The extent and context of human health considerations in London's spatial development and climate action strategy. Journal of Urban Planning and Development (in press).
Coutts, C., Chapin, T., Horner, M., & Taylor, C. (2013). The county-level effects of green space access on physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10(2), 232-240.
Coutts, C. & Miles, R. (2011). Greenways as green magnets: The relationship between the race of greenway users and race in proximal neighborhoods. Journal of Leisure Research, 43(3), 317-333.
Prof. Miles' current research in this area is driven by three main themes: planning neighborhood environments for active and safe aging-in-place; schools, neighborhoods and childhood obesity; and planning for health, safety and well-being in rapidly urbanizing areas of the world
Aurand, Andrew, Miles, Rebecca, & Usher Kareem. (in press). “Local Environment of Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities in a Mid-sized US city”. Journal of Housing for the Elderly.
Miles, Rebecca, Coutts, Christopher, Mohamadi, Asal. 2011. “Neighborhood urban form, social environment, and depression”. Journal of Urban Health. 89(1), pp.1-18
Miles, Rebecca, Panton, Lynn, Jang, Myungjun, and Haymes, Emily. 2008. “Residential context, walking and obesity: two African-American neighborhoods compared”. Health & Place 14(2), pp.272-286.
Milstead, Terence, Miles, Rebecca, Roebbel, Nathalie. 2006. “Housing and Neighborhood Conditions and Exposure to Cockroaches in the Transitioning Countries of Eastern and Central Europe”. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 21, pp.397-411