Lula Geyre

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Health Sciences

First Advisor

Sarah Walsh, PhD

Second Advisor

Lynne Shetron-Rama, PhD

Third Advisor

Colleen Croxall, PhD


The way our communities are designed impacts our health. and there is an increasing need for collaboration between urban planners and public health professionals. Yet, it is not clear to what extent universities are preparing public health and planning students to work together. Our research will shed light on this important topic by evaluating the course requirements for both of these disciplines in accredited institutions and look at how they are addressing interprofessional issues such as land development, transportation policies, air/water quality, and community growth issues. The current study explores the availability of interdisciplinary courses in accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in urban planning and public health using document review of course catalogs and published curriculum information. I looked at 72 masters and 16 bachelor's Urban Planning programs using the PAB website, and 173 Masters schools/programs and 8 standalone baccalaureate programs, on the CEPH website while primarily focusing on Masters programs. 1 prepared coded data using Microsoft Excel and word to analyze my findings. I found that urban planning programs had more available interdisciplinary courses with 25% of the universities having 1 or more required courses on health, and only 5% of MPH programs required courses on planning.

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Public Health Commons