The health of those who live in the more densely populated areas of the world is of interest and concern for two reasons: (1) the large numbers of persons involved, and (2) the fact that the population density of an urban area changes the potential for both public health problems and public health solutions. The potential for problems includes increased exposure to large a number of individuals who can spread infectious conditions, larger volumes of waste products at risk of poor handling, the presence of pollutants, an apparent increase in stress, and a concentration of more serious mental health problems. Solutions are influenced by economies of scale in providing services, a more varied array of resources, and the potential for closer proximity to others with similar interests and needs. Opportunities to work with others who share a concern increases the likelihood of identifying appropriate actions and generating political support for solutions.
"Urban Health." Encyclopedia of Public Health. Ed. Lester Breslow. Gale Cengage, 2002. eNotes.com. 2006. 7 Jan, 2011 <http://www.enotes.com/public-health-encyclopedia/
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