Design for Health

Rachel Cooper, Christopher Boyko, Cary Cooper

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The authors explore the relationship between design and noncommunicable diseases, first by highlighting how design knowledge and practice can have a direct and indirect effect on these diseases. They then review the literature on the link between the physical environment (e.g., dwellings, the neighborhood, cities) and noncommunicable diseases. Last, they illustrate the links between design and noncommunicable diseases by exploring in greater detail how designers and the design of the urban environment can play a positive role in the reduction of noncommunicable diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-157
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Issue numberSupplement 2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


  • Design
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Built Environment


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