Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health

Jason Corburn

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health


This article discusses the “connects and disconnects” between the fields of urban planning and public health from the late nineteenth through the twentieth century. It describes key events, actors, and institutions that shaped theory and practice in each field, and examines how each field addressed social, economic, and human-health disparities. The article also identifies political challenges for reconnecting planning and public health, including overemphasis on physical changes for improving social conditions, scientific rationality, and professionalization and fragmentation of the disciplines.

Keywords: urban planning; public health; human-health disparities; political challenges; social conditions; scientific rationality; professionalization

Article.  10774 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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