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The Urban+Health Initiative’s mission is to leverage the knowledge and skills of the Mailman School, and the broader Columbia University community, to help support health for people living in cities throughout the world. We have a core commitment to protecting the health of vulnerable populations, including those at each end of the age spectrum, groups that are socially or economically marginalized, and residents of informal settlements. Protecting the most vulnerable today will show the way forward to healthy and sustainable cities of the future.

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What is urban health?

Urban+Health is an initiative of researchers and policy influencers looking to improve the health of people in urban communities around the world. In 2050, more than 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This demographic shift creates as many opportunities as it does risks. How can we harness our cities to deliver better health?

Improving the health of people in urban communities around the world

The majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and this proportion continues to grow. In an era of urbanization, making sure that cities live up to their full potential is an urgent need—not only to power economic development and stimulate cultural expression, but also to sustain conditions for healthy lives.

Our commitment to protecting the health of vulnerable populations

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. Health plays a vital role in urban development and in the broader fate of urban inhabitants.