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10:832:101:6 – Hardenburg Hall Room A4

Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Public Health

Monday: 6:40pm – 9:10pm

Glen Belnay, Ph.D., AICP, C.E.P.


Telephone: (Home) 908-369-3863

(Office) 908-369-5652

(Fax) 908-369-8565

(Cell) 908-229-3868

Goals of the Course: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the common policy decision-making processes in the fields of urban planning and public health. Traditionally, the professions of urban planning and public health and the policies that drove them were intertwined. The professions diverged in the 20th century, but emerging public health and planning issues are exposing yet again the need for an integrated approach. This course will introduce students to the theoretical principals and professional practices involved in urban planning and public health. The reading assignments and class discussions will cover practical topics that are shaping the two professions while group exercises will provide students with practical experience.
Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to identify and describe the key urban planning and public health issues that affect public policy formation and apply these issues key factors to decisions regarding urban planning and public health. Understand the inter-relationship between urban planning and public health. Research public health and urban planning issues at the municipal level through a collaborative, active-learning, investigative team project. Wherever possible, this course will include local and state examples in New Jersey.

SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals

  • Societal and Historical Analysis Goal h: Understand the bases and development of human and societal endeavors across time and place.

  • Social Analysis Goal m: Understand different theories about human culture, social identity, economic entities, political systems, and other forms of social organization.

  • Social Analysis Goal n: Apply concepts about human behavior and social behavior to particular questions of situations.

Required Readings: There is no assigned text for this course. As such, your attendance in class is your only means of access to the subject material.
Rutgers University’s Academic Integrity Policy: Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, failure to cite sources, fabrication and falsification, stealing ideas, and deliberate slanting of research designs to achieve a pre-conceived result. The University’s Academic Integrity Policy can be found at: For additional information, you will find the Bloustein School’s perspective on academic misconduct on the last page of this syllabus.
Attendance and Class Participation: Attendance and class participation is mandatory, especially when guest speakers are scheduled, since the class format is not solely lecture-oriented. Each student will be expected to contribute to the discussion with respect to the readings and in-class discussions.
Narrative Response Paper: Each student will be required to submit a 2-3 page essay during the course of the semester. The essay will be based on attending a public meeting of a health board, planning board, or town council meeting. This will be an opportunity for each student to learn how municipalities address public health and planning issues, and to learn how policy is implemented. It is also an opportunity for students to relate the class lectures to real-world activities. The essay should be organized in a clear way and demonstrate that the student not only attended the meeting, but connected the public health issues discussed at the public meeting with discussions in class. Essays are due by midnight on the Friday evening before the class meets. Late submissions will be penalized.
Class Project: This portion of the class will allow students to observe and learn how the urban planning and public health principles discussed in class are applied in their respective professions. The class will be divided into small groups with each group choosing to research a particular public health or urban planning issue. The group will explore how this issue is being addressed at the municipal level by picking a particular municipality. This research project will require each group to visit their municipality to obtain information and interview municipal officials regarding a particular public health or urban planning topic.
Grading: Narrative Paper: 15%, Midterm Exam: 40%, Class Project/Presentation: 45%.

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