Urban Sprawl and Public Health


Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities.

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Urban Sprawl and Public Health
Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities

by Howard Frumkin, Lawrence Frank, and Richard Jackson

In Urban Sprawl and Public Health, Howard Frumkin, Lawrence Frank, and Richard Jackson, three of the nation’s leading public health and urban planning experts explore an intriguing question: How does the physical environment in which we live affect our health? For decades, growth and development in our communities has been of the low-density, automobile-dependent type known as sprawl. The authors examine the direct and indirect impacts of sprawl on human health and well-being, and discuss the prospects for improving public health through alternative approaches to design, land use, and transportation.

Urban Sprawl and Public Health offers a comprehensive look at the interface of urban planning, architecture, transportation, community design, and public health. It summarizes the evidence linking adverse health outcomes with sprawling development, and outlines the complex challenges of developing policy that promotes and protects public health. Anyone concerned with issues of public health, urban planning, transportation, architecture, or the environment will want to read Urban Sprawl and Public Health.


Howard Frumkin is associate professor and chair in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. He is an internist, epidemiologist, and environmental and occupational medicine specialist. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Public Health from Harvard.

Larry Frank is Bombadier Chair in Sustainable Transportation Systems at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. He recently left the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was an assistant professor in the City Planning Program. He is a registered landscape architect and holds a master in Civil Engineering Transportation Planning and a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.

Richard Jackson is director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the Rollins School of Public Health. He is a MD and holds a Masters in Public Health.

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