A joint urban planning and public health framework: contributions to health impact assessment

Am J Public Health. 2003 Jan;93(1):118-21. doi: 10.2105/ajph.93.1.118.


A joint urban planning and public health perspective is articulated here for use, in health impact assessment. Absent a blueprint for a coherent and supportive structure on which to test our thinking, we are bound to fall flat. Such a perspective is made necessary by the sheer number of people living in cities throughout the world, the need for explicit attention to land use and transportation systems as determinants of population health, and the dearth of useful indicators of the built environment for monitoring progress. If explicit attention is not paid to the overarching goals of equality and democracy, they have little if any chance of being realized in projects, programs, and policies that shape the built environment and therefore the public's health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • City Planning / organization & administration*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health*
  • Social Environment
  • United States
  • Urban Health*