Built Environment (BE) Program

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote health and well-being through environments where individuals live, learn, work, worship, and play in Harris County, Texas. 

The built environment is a term used to describe the man-made spaces and structures that form a community. This includes buildings, roads, sidewalks, parks, schools, worksites, and homes. It can also encompass community infrastructure, such as public transportation, public water systems, and sanitation.
For more information contact:

Harris County Public Health
Built Environment Program
(713) 274-6300 
Main Switchboard: 
(713) 439-6000

For climate and health education, projects, and information, visit the Climate Program.

Studies show the built environment affects human health. For example, it can influence rates of physical activity, impact levels of fruit and vegetable consumption, and change human exposure to air pollutants. As a result, public health experts work alongside planners, developers, engineers, and transportation authorities to help design our communities in a way that prevents disease and improves health.


Programs and Projects

The Built Environment Unit was started in 2015 with the mission to promote health and wellness through environments where individuals live, learn, work, worship, and play in Harris County, Texas. The Built Environment Unit accomplishes this mission by building and improving current programs and leading and participating in numerous projects.

Built Environment 101

Learn more about the built environment and how it impacts health.


The BE Unit has developed multiple toolkits to guide organizations, planners, public officials, and public health practitioners through understanding the benefits and strategy behind Health Impact Assessments, rapid Health Impact Reviews (HIR), and Safe Routes to School. The team can also provide expertise and guidance on initiating HIAs or HIRs in your community or project plans by contacting the BE Unit at the email or phone number listed above.

  • HIA/HIR Toolkit (Link)