Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse

The Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse (BEPHC) is a resource for training and relevant news about the intersection of health and place.

High Line park in New YorkAPA, the American Public Health Association (APHA), Georgia Tech, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) were a part of the 2014 re-launch of the Clearinghouse. The site, hosted and maintained by Georgia Tech, now offers both academic and professional training resources that address the link between public health with planning, architecture, health impact assessment, and transportation engineering, among others.

The Professional Training section includes primers, tools, and other online resources to facilitate self-directed learning. Additional resources address current and emerging design and health issues through videos, news, and conversations. Check out the glossary with more than 1,200 terms on public health and community design.

The Academic Curriculum section offers full semester or individual modules for planning and public health and health impact assessment. You will find sample syllabi, readings, and assignments that bring together public health with planning, architecture, health impact assessment, and transportation engineering. The clearinghouse also includes a listing of institutions, faculty, and degree programs currently available that connect public health with the built environment.

APA participates in BEPHC as a member of the Building Bridges team, an initiative to improve links between public health and community design. APA has recommended resources and content for current planning practitioners and other community designers to better integrate public health in their work.

This work is made possible with support and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has provided oversight, feedback, and input on the expansion of BEPHC from the beginning.