Environment and Health

The environment and health specialization integrates knowledge and tools from the fields of environmental management and public health to better understand how the management of the built environment influences human and ecosystem health.  As human health criteria are increasingly employed in the design and management of the built environment of cities, the environment and health specialization explores the physical pathways through which land use and urban design influence environmental quality, and how environmental quality, in turn, influences human health.

Contemporary examples of environment and health planning include climate-responsive design, health impact assessment, green building, brownfield redevelopment, renewable energy planning, and urban agriculture, among many other applications. In light of the highly interdisciplinary nature of the environment and health specialization, coursework is designed to emphasize the scientific and regulatory foundations of environmental management and public health, analytical tools to measure environment and health interactions, and the design and implementation of policies to improve health and ecosystem outcomes associated with the built environment.

School graduates with expertise in environment and health planning are prepared for employment in a number of areas.  Traditional areas of employment include private firms, as consultants to a range of land development activities, and all levels of government, as policy analysts, regulators, and as sustainability program directors or managers.  Environment and health planners are also commonly employed in non-governmental organizations with a diverse range of missions focusing on natural resource protection, public health, energy conservation, and environmental justice.

Required Courses

To prepare students for employment in this area of planning, the environment and health specialization requires the following three courses:

CP 6223/PUBP 6314  Policy Tools for Environmental Management (Fall)
CP 6213 Urban Environmental Planning and Design (Spring)
CP 6850 Built Environment and Public Health (Fall)

There are no prerequisites for these courses, so they can be taken by students within the environment and health specialization or by students in other specializations wanting to understand the basics of environmental planning.

Additional Courses

Students must also choose at least one additional course from the list below or from a list approved by their advisor. 

CP 6233 Sustainable Urban Development
CP 6261 Environmental Law (same as PUBP 6330 or GSU LAW 7200)
CP 6541 Environmental Analysis using GIS
CP 6105 Land Conservation
CP 6531 Introduction to Remote Sensing
CP 6760 Negotiation, Facilitation and Conflict Management
CP 8823 Health Impact Assessment
CP 8823 Urban Stormwater Planning
CP 8873 Urban Ecological Design
EAS 4410 Climate and Global Change
EAS 6111 The Earth System
EAS 6792 Air Pollution Meteorology
CEE 4310 Water Quality Engineering
CEE 6625 Transportation, Energy, and Air Quality
CEE 6241 Water Resources Management
PUBP 6300 Earth Systems
PUBP 6312 Economics of Environmental Policy
PUBP 6329 Environmental Policy and Implementation
PH 7150 Environmental Health (GSU)
PH 7285 Social Determinants of Health (GSU)
BSHE 535 Macrosocial Determinants of Health (Emory)

Students interested in environmental justice issues may want to contact the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark-Atlanta University for more information.