Studies in Urban Health thrive at Northeastern, not only in the MPH program, but in many other programs as well. We strive to learn from and collaborate with colleagues from across the university on pressing issues in urban health - check out what what some of our fellow Northeastern programs are tackling.
Graduate programs in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology: Urban Sociology
“The urban concentration focuses on the sociological analysis of cities, their social and spatial organization, and the populations that inhabit them. Topics of inquiry include, but are not limited to: the distinct characteristics of urban settings; residential patterns and their effects on individuals, families, and communities; socioeconomic, behavioral, and racial/ethnic trends and their consequences; the dynamics of urban neighborhoods and communities; mechanisms of social control; the growth and decline of cities; urban labor markets; and the impacts of globalization. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of urban policy.”
Graduate Programs in Architecture
The M. Arch curriculum teaches students to conceptualize, synthesize, and represent complex architectural and urban issues. Design projects focus on the art of building and explore how buildings affect urban conditions. Programs range from one to three years; the three-year program does not require an undergraduate degree in Architecture.
The Master of Design for Sustainable Urban Environments (MDes) brings together the allied professional fields of environmental design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The objective of the MDes is to offer advanced study and research opportunities in the design of ecologically and economically productive urban environments.
Strives to address the special problems of urban communities facing economic, social and political challenges
- The School of Law is committed to exploring the problems unique to urban settings and working on policy solutions to these problems. There is a focus in faculty scholarship on a host of disparity issues relevant to urban settings, and these concerns are also central to our curriculum. Many of the first-year LSSC projects and the urban-facing clinics of the School of Law – Domestic Violence, Poverty Law and Practice, Criminal Advocacy, Prisoners’ Rights, Public Health – provide both service to the community and important learning experiences for our students.
- Strong connections to community organizations and to nongovernmental and governmental co-op employers strengthen both the law school’s capacity in urban problems and provide opportunities for students to understand the role of law in addressing societal problems. These connections already tie us tightly to area courts (the Domestic Violence Institute works closely with the Dorchester District Court, for example) and government attorneys offices; to legal services organizations including Greater Boston Legal Services, Mass. Correctional Legal Services, Shelter Legal Services and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; to advocacy organizations such as Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the New England Innocence Project, Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Massachusetts CEDAW Project, the WAGE Project and the Victim Rights Law Center; to Boston area schools through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program, the Pipeline Initiative and the Immigrant Workers Group (working with City Links in Cambridge public schools); and health care organizations including Boston Medical Center, the Boston Urban Asthma Coalition and Health Law Advocates. And this does not include many of the co-op employers with whom our students work during co-op rotations.
Our interdisciplinary focus means that students come from a variety of backgrounds. And our students typically have several years of work experience. You will find that engaging in a classroom with other students who hold degrees such as the MBA, JD, MPH, or other social science degrees is quite an intellectually stimulating experience. Our students engage in public policy analysis and research in several areas including health policy; sustainability, climate change and environmental policy; crime, law and justice; and urban policy.
The 21st century will see most of us living in urban areas. As a result, policymakers will need creative solutions to the economic, social, environmental and political challenges facing cities, within the context of a complex and integrated global economy. Students in the Master of Urban & Regional Policy program analyze and develop real-world solutions to these challenges, be they in housing, energy and transportation, resource sustainability, civil infrastructure, or economic opportunity. Through this program you will become part of the next generation of experts and leaders dedicated to creating livable and sustainable cities everywhere. Students in the Master of Urban and Regional Policy program explore a range of issues that impact urban communities and the quality of life.
The Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies provides a core foundation in urban and regional policy theory and research methods, and culminates in an applied Capstone project. The Certificate is not a stand-alone program, but is anchored by and incorporated into participating graduate programs.
As a student in the PhD in Nursing program you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to identify and examine health problems that impact urban and underserved populations.