305.684.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
T 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Keshia Pollack
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Appreciate the development of HIA as an approach separate from Environmental Impact Assessments
    • Compare the use of HIA internationally and domestically
    • Discuss the core steps needed to conduct HIA
    • Recognize the range of methodological approaches used to conduct HIA
    • Explore the effectiveness and impacts of HIA for decision-making
    • Examine the application of HIA to the policymaking process
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to Health impact assessment (HIA), which is an approach that informs decision-makers about the potential health impacts of proposed projects, programs, and policies that do not traditionally focus on health outcomes (e.g. education or housing), but are likely to affect the public’s health. Focuses on the application of HIA for policymaking. Students study the rationale for conducting HIAs, review a range of analytic methods used to conduct HIAs, analyze cases from international and domestic settings, and walk through the steps of how to conduct a HIA.
  • Intended Audience
    Current masters and doctoral students with an interest in HIA
  • Methods of Assessment

    Students receive a letter grade based on the following criteria: 

    • Attendance and participation: 10%
    • HIA critique: 25%
    • Participation in group HIA project: 25%
    • Group presentation: 10%
    • Individual reflection paper: 30%
  • Prerequisites
    Open to students who have completed Health Policy II: Public Health Policy Formulation (300.712) ) or a similar graduate level course in health policy, with the instructor’s permission.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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  • Contact Information

    Tara Kirk Sell, MA

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