Urbanisation and Health MOOC: Promoting Sustainable Solutions

More than half of the world’s population now live in cities, compared to only 5% in the 18th century. This rapid urbanisation has resulted in inadequate infrastructure, physical inactivity, gentrification, air pollution, and growing numbers of slum dwellers – all factors that are now challenging the health and wellbeing of the people living in cities.

In this programme, you will learn about the key determinants of urban health and the history of major trends in urban planning, alongside innovative and people-centered approaches to creating sustainable solutions. Presentations and cases are provided by researchers and a range of local and global stakeholders engaged in urban planning.

Register to the ongoing online course!


What you get

Curriculum details

Researchers and stakeholders in urban planning will introduce you to cases from cities in Denmark, Spain, Portugal and many other urban settings across the world in order to further interdisciplinary knowledge on urbanisation and health.

The programme is set out across 5 modules:

  • How Urbanisation, Health and Urban Planning Relate
  • Ageing and Gentrification
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Innovative Solutions
  • Innovation and Communication

Key details


  • 5-week online course of video lectures, quizzes, and optional and mandatory readings and discussions


  • Free

Who should apply

The programme is open to anyone who wants to further interdisciplinary knowledge on urbanisation and health, including citizens and activists as well planners, practitioners and decision-makers with a professional interest in sustainable urban planning from countries around the world.

Ready to apply?

The Urbanisation and Health is an ongoing online course, so you can register at any time!


Meet the team

Find out more

For more information about the programme, visit Coursera.

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