Through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, and with an emphasis on exploring patterns as well as distinct and unique conditions across the globe, this collection examines advanced and cutting-edge theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the health of urban populations. Despite the growing interest in global urban health, there are limited resources available that provide an extensive and advanced exploration into the health of urban populations in a transnational context.

This volume offers a high-quality and comprehensive examination of global urban health issues by leading urban health scholars from around the world. The book brings together a multi-disciplinary perspective on urban health, with chapter contributions emphasizing disciplines in the social sciences, construction sciences and medical sciences. The co-editors of the collection come from a number of different disciplinary backgrounds that have been at the forefront of urban health research, including public health, epidemiology, geography, city planning and urban design.

The book is intended to be a reference in global urban health for research libraries and faculty collections. It will also be appropriate as a text for university class adoption in upper-division under-graduate courses and above. The proposed volume is extensive and offers enough breadth and depth to enable it to be  used for courses emphasizing a U.S., or wider Western perspective, as well as courses on urban health emphasizing a global context.

part 1|114 pages

Urban Health

chapter 1|30 pages

Global Urban Health

Inequalities, Vulnerabilities, and Challenges in the 21st Century

chapter 2|35 pages

Urban Health in the US and UK

The Long 19th Century

chapter 3|17 pages

Sin in the City

An Urban History of Medicine and Modern Morality in Turkey

chapter 4|12 pages

Healthcare and the City

A North American Perspective

part 2|99 pages

Healthcare Policy and Urban Health Services

chapter 9|15 pages

Access to Healthcare for the Urban Poor in Nairobi, Kenya

Harnessing the Role of the Private Sector in Informal Settlements and a Human Rights-Based Approach to Health Policy

chapter 11|13 pages

The Health System and Immigrants

A Focus on Urban France

part 3|100 pages

Mental Health and Wellbeing

chapter 12|15 pages

Urban Mental Health

chapter 16|14 pages

Cities and Indigenous Communities

The Health and Wellbeing of Urban Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand

part 4|111 pages

Vulnerable Urban Populations

chapter 20|20 pages

Refugees and Health

A European Urban Context

part 5|101 pages

Violence and Injuries

part 6|109 pages

Pollutants, Environmental Contamination and Urban Health

chapter 29|20 pages

Urban Slums, Drinking Water, and Health

Trends and Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa

chapter 30|31 pages

A Greening but Unequal City

Environmental Exposure Disparities, Gentrified Inequities, and Public Health in Seattle, Washington

chapter 32|24 pages

Ambient Air Pollution and Health Effects in Shanghai

Trend, Challenges, and Opportunities

part 7|156 pages

Public Health and the Role of the Built Environment

chapter 34|20 pages

Rice, Men, and Other Everyday Anxieties

Navigating Obesogenic Urban Food Environments in Osaka, Japan

chapter 36|13 pages

Public Health Challenges with Sub-Saharan African Informal Settlements

A Case Study of Malaria in Yaoundé

chapter 37|22 pages

Health-Oriented Urban Planning in Germany

Urban Planning and Design Approaches Going beyond Professional Boundaries

chapter 38|16 pages

Flint, Michigan’s Food Crisis

Retail Abandonment, Social and Economic Burdens, and Local Food-Oriented Solutions

chapter 39|26 pages

Housing and Urban Health

A Los Angeles Study