GEOG 496-Policies and Strategies for Integrated Environmental Health (IEH) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Urban Areas


This course builds on the first semester course (GEOG 443) by expanding the discussions on concepts and methods to include relevant legislation, policies and strategic programmes for IEH and DRR in low income communities in urban Ghana. It will involve field visits to specific communities as a way of testing the models used during class discussions. The course will cover the following topics: global and local contexts of IEH and DRR, institutional framework for IEH and DRR in Ghana, field application of methods and tools for assessing IEH and DRR, vulnerability assessment in urban communities, climate change modeling and strategies for building resilient communities.