HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT Syllabus
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
Since health impact assessment (HIA), is an approach that informs decision-makers about the potential health effects of proposed projects, programs, and policies made in areas outside of the health sector (e.g., education or housing), students learn about HIA through readings, lectures, and hands-on experience. Students study the rationale for conducting HIAs, review a range of analytic methods used to conduct HIAs analyze cases from international and domestic settings, understand its role in policymaking, and walk through the steps of how to conduct a HIA. Students then apply these skills through working on a HIA with a partnering organization.
Current masters and doctoral students with an interest in HIA
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Students receive a letter grade based on the following criteria: attendance: 10%; participation: 15%; midterm assignment: 30%; final assignment: 40%
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
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.
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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