Urban health systems: Overview

D. C. Ompad, S. Galea, D. Vlahov

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Urban health is the study of urban characteristics that can influence health and disease in the urban context. These characteristics include features of the social and physical environment as well as of the urban resource infrastructure. Features of the social and physical environment and the urban resource infrastructure in turn are shaped by municipal, national, and global forces and trends. This article introduces the reader to urban health concepts, including the definition of 'urban,' features of the urban environment that may influence health, and a selection of methods for evaluating the impact of urban living on health. © 2008

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
StatePublished - 2008


  • Built environment
  • Interurban
  • Intraurban
  • Neighborhoods
  • Physical environment
  • Social cohesion
  • Social environment
  • Urban
  • Urban health
  • Urbanicity
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry
  • General Medicine


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