Professional/ShortCourse Healthy Cities

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
Six days over 13 weeks
Part-time, on-campus
Course Director
Dr Heather Rumble

Page last updated 7 March 2024


Healthy Cities bridges the gap between two normally separate areas of policy: public health and urban planning. The common ground is the human environment, which is a major determinant of health and wellbeing. The focus of the course is the planning of healthy human settlements. The module will explore a number of themes related to the nature of settlements and the relationship to health and well-being, and the assessment of plans and projects through sustainability appraisal and health impact assessment.

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the course or assessment.

If you are a non-UK student you will need to show your valid passport on entry to the UK. Please check your eligibility to visit and study in the UK here. If you are a non-Irish EU national currently resident in Ireland please contact us for further advice.

If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements.



  • The nature of settlements, providing the local human habitat, and the relationship to health and well-being: the settlement health map;
  • The conceptualization of the urban environment in terms of global and local environmental sustainability;
  • The relationship between health and planning/design: obesity, physical activity and active travel; mental well-being, social networks and neighbourhoods;
  • Health equity, social inclusion/exclusion and strategic land use and transport policy;
  • The operation of the spatial planning system in the UK, with a special emphasis on inter agency collaboration;
  • The assessment of plans and projects through sustainability appraisal and health impact assessment, with an introduction to the HIA process;
  • Different HIA tools, including the Spectrum approach to assessment: in theory and in practice;
  • Learning to assess the impact of a development on health and well-being.

Learning and Teaching

The module is delivered by way of six study days of face-to-face teaching. These sessions include a range of formats including lectures, tutorials, exercises, site visits and workshops. Materials, including lecture recordings, will be available in virtual learning environments (VLEs).


The module is assessed by a single component of assessment, taking the form of a health impact assessment of a proposed development project. The output for this assessment will be a report, which will critique the proposed development and make recommendations for planning permission, including suggested changes. A justification of the recommendation will form part of the report, drawing on academic literature and research as well as the site analysis and policy context. The analysis will identify associations and causal factors and discuss how the proposed development will impact on this selected health outcome (positively and/or negatively) and make recommendations for improvement.


Study facilities

UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and an excellent campus environment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course dates

Cohort - 2024 TBCTimeLocation
Six days over 13 weeksTBCFrenchay Campus

Course fees

All prices are VAT exempt.

CohortJanuary 2024
UK participants£1,156*
International participants£1,969*

*Fees displayed are based on 2023/24 entry and are an indication only. Please note there might be a small increase for 2024/25. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

Course location

UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY.

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How to apply

How to apply

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*This course is planned to run again in 2024. Course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in the summer of 2024. Please complete our online enquiry form above to be notified once these details are made available.

As this module carries university accreditation, please note that once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information for the Programme Leader to review and formally accept your application as required by the university:

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
  • A brief personal statement to support your application
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
  • For UK students, a copy of your photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport
  • For non UK students, a copy of your passport. Please note you may need a Visitor Visa to come to the UK to study less than 6 months. Visit UWE's Visas website for more information.

For further information

  • Email: For specific questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Module Leader, Dr Heather Rumble ( For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or phone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)