Apply Now for Short Course on Urbanization and Health: Systems Approaches


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  • 2014•03•03     Kuala Lumpur

    The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), in collaboration with the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP), is now accepting applications for a short course on “Urbanization and Health: Systems Approaches” to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2–6 June 2014.

    This 5-day course, led by experts from UNU and the Institute for Environment and Development at the National University of Malaysia, will improve participants’ understanding of relationships between urbanization and human health. Following an introduction to systems thinking, participants will use case study examples to explore major urban development and health challenges. Participants will then have an opportunity to share, examine and reflect on urban health problems they currently face in their own fields of practice. The course will also include a one-day field excursion to learn about mass transit in a local context.

    By the end of the course, participants will:

    • Be aware of major factors influencing health and well-being in urban environments and the cross- linkages among them
    • Understand how systems approaches can help address policy resistance and identify potential intervention points while being alert for unintended consequences
    • Be able to apply new knowledge to their own urban management problems

    This course is designed for professionals working in the broad urban sphere in low- and middle-income countries. It aims to include participants with a diverse range of expertise — in urban planning, design, engineering, public health, and health promotion — from policy and practice to academic and community perspectives.

    To derive maximum benefit, candidates should have a good working knowledge of English, basic computer literacy and some practical experience of working on urban problems.

    Because of generous financial support from the MTCP, there is no course fee and accommodation and meals will be provided. Depending on the country of origin, participants may also be provided with return economy airfare.

    For more information about the application procedure see the UNU-IIGH website or download the course brochure from the Related Files tab.