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City Liveability: The Intersections of Place, Mobility, and Health

Understand how places, urban mobility and health impact each other, and use your knowledge to design sustainable cities.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Create urban spaces with maximum liveability

A key issue in a city’s liveability is the availability of mobility options. A healthy urban space is connected by walking paths and cycling trails as well as public transport that links us to our local community services, open public spaces, centres of employment, education, commerce, and affordable and diverse housing.

This two-week course from RMIT University and EIT Urban Mobility will explain how transport impacts the overall liveability of urban spaces. By the end, you’ll have a clear understanding of how mobility relates to the social determinants of health in a city.

Unpack the causal relationship between urban space, mobility, and health

Through examining the health outcomes at different locations within a built environment, you’ll take a close look at the influences that location, mobility, and health have on each other.

You’ll also get to see the interrelationships between the built and social environment, and thus how this environment has a causal relationship with transport, location, and health.

Explore planning policies’ impact on social determinants of health

As well as the impacts that existing structures have on each other, you’ll see how local and state planning policies on transport, land use, and health, affect the social indicators of a city’s health. This includes learning about the tools available for measuring these indicators, allowing for evidence-based decisions.

Enjoy a world-class learning experience at RMIT

With a strong history of academic excellence, RMIT is ideally suited to offering this short course on the interactions of location, health, and mobility in urban spaces. By the end, you’ll be ready to create cities that are better for their residents and the environment.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Livable cities are places where people enjoy living, and encourage healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Transport and mobility are major influences of livability, and are really important in shaping the character and feel of the city. The way we move around cities affects our health and well-being, and requires interdisciplinary and intersectoral planning to produce the best outcomes for everyone living in a city. How we move needs to be equitable, easy to access, frequent, and encourage the use of sustainable transport modes. This course has been designed to stimulate and challenge your thinking. Here we have new opportunities to learn about engaged research with strong connections to industry and government.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds We begin with the assumption that everyone involved comes with their own perspectives and experiences on livable cities, and the importance of mobility for the creation of healthy and sustainable places to live and work. We’re also looking at the sort of data that comes from communities, from people, how we can co-produce information that fits the context and the goals and aspirations of a community. I really look forward to us co-creating knowledge, and welcome you to be part of our digital learning community.

What topics will you cover?

Over the two weeks of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • identify defining characteristics of a healthy liveable city and the role of transport for liveability
  • examine the social determinants of health and how transport relates to these indicators, especially active transport
  • recognise the causal relationship between mobility and health
  • explore the key principles and relationships between mobility and health with the goal to inspire the need for change.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify defining characteristics of a healthy liveable city and the role of transport for liveability
  • Interpret the social determinants of health and how transport relates to these indicators, especially active transport
  • Investigate the causal relationship between mobility and health
  • Explore the key principles and relationships between mobility and health with the goal to inspire the need for change

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for urban mobility professionals who are interested in understanding how transport, location, and health affect each other, to design healthy and sustainable cities.

Who will you learn with?

I am the Associate Dean of Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT in Melbourne, and a theme leader in the Centre for Urban Research focussing on issues on and beyond the metropolitan fringe.

I am passionate about translating research about health and liveable cities into policy and practice. My objective is to make research accessible, available and applicable to practice.

Who developed the course?

RMIT University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2022

EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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