Urban health — What it is and Why We Should Care
Keywords:urban health, vulnerable populations, social determinants of health, public health, health disparities
Urban health is a field of study that draws upon multiple disciplines including sociology, public health, epidemiology, and geography among others. This piece argues for the further development and prioritization of urban health as an area of research. This is discussed with respect to structural health inequalities, urbanization and urbanicity, and demographic change. Urban health is inherently complex and needs a multifaceted approach to tackle unique public health problems. This complexity, alongside its potential to inform emerging areas of scientific research such as neurourbanism, makes developing urban health of utmost priority.
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