Urban Health Profile – Essay

Assessment Component 2 – The Urban Health Profile (1500 words) is due in Week in 17 and carries 20% of
the module’s total marks. This will be submitted in the form of a written profile (report) of 1500
words to the Assessment (Undergraduate) Office.
The Urban Health Profile requires you to focus on two aspects: the practical (observation and data
collection) and the theoretical (informed by the wider literature) work on the urban health issue
chosen for this Assessment. You have to choose a relevant urban health issue, choose a local area
(neighbourhood) to carry-out the study, and physically observe and collect data from the area for the
Profile. You also have to look for scholarly literature published in relation to this urban health
issue (this can be from the area and beyond). This literature will inform your analysis and
theoretical discussion of the urban health issue and the area studied.

To prepare this Assessment Component 2, you have to take note of the following:
a) Choose a relevant urban health issue for your Urban Health Profile. This could be the same or
different to what you looked at for your Assessment Component 1 (Presentation). Provide a clear
rationale why this is an urban health issue and why you have chosen to study the issue in the selected
area. You have to provide clear and full description of the local area (neighbourhood) you have chosen
to study.
b) Present and give an account of the data and information you observed and collected from the local
area (or neighbourhood) in relation to the urban health issue you are studying. This could include
various aspects in relation to the area and the urban health issue such as size of the area,
population, observation on related determinants (factors) that influence the urban health issue,
physical facilities or amenities that are relevant to this issue as resources (e.g. parks; gyms; food
outlets – corner shops, supermarkets, fresh food markets, restaurants, fast food outlets, community
centres, housing and accommodation) and health and social service points relevant to this issue. This
part requires you to do a community inventory in relation to the urban health issue you have chosen.
You can do this with the help of Google mapping.
c) Provide an analysis and interpretation of data and information presented in this Profile,
commenting on the implications of such data on the urban health issue and population health in the
area. In this part, you should be scholarly enough by linking your analysis and interpretation of your
local data with the wider literature on this urban health issue. Therefore, you should be able to
suggest relevant recommendations and draw conclusions from your analysis and interpretation of the
Profile data that are informed by the wider literature on this urban health issue.
d) The written Urban Health Profile should include: a title – reflecting the urban health issue and
local area (neighbourhood) studied; an introduction – signposting the work and providing a description
of the urban health issue, the area studied, a clear rationale for choosing to study this issue and
the chosen area, including any key issue/s observed or known about the area; presentation and
description of data and information collection about the urban health issue and the area; discussion,
analysis and interpretation of data and information about the urban health issue and the area chosen
(with strong scholarly reference to the widely published literature on this urban health issue);
suggested relevant recommendations and conclusion

Urban Health Profile Marking Criteria
The Urban Health Profile will be assessed against LO6 and the marking will focus on:
a) Ability to choose a relevant urban health issue and clear rationale (20%)
b) Collection and presentation of relevant data / information, and creativity in the use of tools to
present the Urban Health Profile (40%)
c) Analysis and interpretation of data / information, commenting on implications of such data and
drawing relevant conclusions (40%)
Useful Readings
Cave B, Cooke A and Benson K (2004) Urban Renaissance Lewisham – health and social impact assessment.
London: NHS Lewisham PCT. Availabel Online at: www.apho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=44245
National Assoiciation of County and City Health Officials (2007) The Big Cities Health Inventory – The
Health of Urban USA. Washington DC: NACCHO. Available Online at:
Robertson MJ and Cousineau MR ( ) Health Status and Acess to Health Services among the Urban Homeless.
In AJPH May 1986, Vol 76, No 5. Available Online at:

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