Public Health in Megacities and Urban Areas: A Conceptual Framework

  • Alexander Krämer
  • Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan
  • Heiko J Jahn
Part of the Contributions to Statistics book series (CONTRIB.STAT.)


In this chapter, first, we will briefly discuss worldwide urbanisation processes with major dimensions of public health challenges in megacities and urban areas. Second, we present some empirical findings from public health surveys conducted in the megacity of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Third, a conceptual framework is proposed based on our research on megacities within the framework of the German Research Foundation’s priority programme “Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change” and forth, a description of the burden of disease – classified as group I, II and III diseases – in urban areas including their determinants are presented. Lastly, strategies to improve the quality of life in megacities and urban areas are discussed.


Pearl River Delta Homicide Rate Urban Health Urban Slum Public Health Challenge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Krämer
    • 1
  • Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan
    • 1
  • Heiko J Jahn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public Health Medicine, School of Public HealthBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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