Seminar: Interdisciplinary Frameworks for Health, Ecology, and the Built Environment


What is the built environment? What is ecology? What is public health? What frameworks stem from these fields, and how have they been integrated to take a critical, holistic approach to complex problems facing our world? This seminar explores frameworks stemming from disciplines of the built environment, ecology, and public health/global health and the ways that they have been integrated throughout history. Students are familiarized with practical applications of interdisciplinary frameworks through exposure to current projects of researchers and professionals.

Course learning objectives include:
• To understand contemporary definitions of health, ecology, and the built environment
• To identify holistic frameworks and components
• To understand implementation and application of holistic frameworks in academia, research and professional practice

Adapted from the pre-fall study abroad exploration seminar, InterACTION Labs > Iquitos, Peru: Urban Development and Human and Ecological Health in the Amazon Rainforest, this seminar serves as optional preparation for the future in-person study abroad program or may be taken on its own by students from any field interested in holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice.


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