A Global Challenge: Urban Health
Be Part of the Solution
Now that you know a little bit about the issues surrounding urban health, we are asking you to be part of the solution.
Public health improves lives
As the only college of public health at a Catholic, Jesuit University, we are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service that focuses on improving lives.
Our Master of Public Health degree degrees offers students like you with a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others.
- Urbanization is one of the leading global trends of the 21st century that has a significant impact on health. By 2050, over 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. The factors influencing urban health include urban governance; population characteristics; the natural and built environment; social and economic development; services and health emergency management; and food security
- While cities can bring opportunities, they can also bring challenges for better health. Today's cities and those of tomorrow are facing a triple threat: infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, TB, pneumonia, diarrhoeal diseases; noncommunicable diseases like asthma, heart disease, cancer and diabetes; and violence and injuries, including road traffic injuries.
- In many countries, urban growth has outpaced the ability of governments to build essential infrastructures and enact and enforce the legislation needed to make life in cities safe, rewarding, and healthy.
- Cities also tend to promote unhealthy lifestyles, like cheap and convenient diets that depend on processed foods rich in fats and sugar, yet low in essential nutrients. Like sedentary behavior, smoking, and the harmful use of alcohol and other substances.
Urban health is an evolving field as the 21st century brings an unprecedented global trend of urbanization. Cities, the home of significant human-to-human contact, are facing a triple threat to health: infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases, and injuries. All three of these affect our global health. Studying urban health requires finding solutions given limited resources and complex human interactions. We need leaders willing to address this issue. Are you in?
A public health education at Saint Louis University is a good place to start.
What we are doing
SLU professors are building strong collaborative relationships with prominent physicians, scientists and public health professionals in China to study the connection between air pollution in Wuhan, China, and poor pregnancy outcomes. This multi-year study is aimed at improving urban health by analyzing the negative effects of pollution on the population. Learn more: Global Health: SLU School of Public Health Studies Impact of Chinese Air Pollution on Babies
What our experts say
"Addressing urban health and well being is crucial to achieve public health's goal to protect and promote health on a population level. Due to a concentration of people, resources, and assets focusing on urban health and well being has a potential to have the greatest impact on a population's health."
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Now that you have learned about the issues surrounding urban health, explore our degree programs to learn more about the educational opportunities that we offer that will allow you to help combat these issues.