Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2020-2021

Course director

Dr. János GIRÁN (, assistant professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OXFAVV-z-T  |  1 credit  |  Dentistry |  Optional module  |  autumn

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

12 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 12 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 20 person

Available as Campus course for 2 student(s). Campus-faculties: ÁOK GYTK


Today urban health issues have engendered urgent challenges, since the number of the city dwellers is increasing continuously. In the last decade, for the first time in human history, the ratio of the global population living in urban areas has outstripped its rural counterpart. Urbanization as a process is closely connected with several other essential social, economic and environmental changes, which have resulted in both positive and negative impacts on the health status of city dwellers. The aim of the course is to provide students with a general overview of these positive and negative health impacts of a city.


  • 1. The rise of cities and process of urbanisation - Dr. Girán János
  • 2. Urban growth and the problems of town life - Dr. Girán János
  • 3. Positive health impacts of modern cities - Dr. Girán János
  • 4. Negative health impacts of modern cities - Dr. Girán János
  • 5. Urban versus rural health - Dr. Girán János
  • 6. The WHO Healthy City movement - Dr. Girán János
  • 7. Healthy public policy - Dr. Girán János
  • 8. Applying setting approach to city health development initiatives - Dr. Girán János
  • 9. Shaping cities for health I.: methods of city health profile and health impact assessment - Dr. Girán János
  • 10. Shaping cities for health II.: methods of city health development planning and Urban Health Index - Dr. Girán János
  • 11. Best practices in urban health - Dr. Girán János
  • 12. Summary - Dr. Girán János



Reading material

Obligatory literature


Literature developed by the Department




Recommended literature

Bai, X., Nath, I. Capon, A. Hasan, N. Jaron, D. (2012) Health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment: complex challenges, scientific responses, and the way forward = Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2012, 4:465-472
ICSU (2011) Report of the ICSU Planning Group on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Analysis Approach. International Council for Science, Paris
WHO (2016) Health as the Pulse of the New Urban Agenda United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Quito 2016
WHO (2010) Hidden cities: unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings. World Health Organization, The WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
WHO (2016) Global report on urban health: equitable, healthier cities for sustainable development. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 15 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams


Making up for missed classes

No make-up classes

Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars