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Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Keshia Pollack
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

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.

Learning Objective(s):
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

Methods of Assessment: Students receive a letter grade based on the following criteria: attendance: 10%; participation: 15%; midterm assignment: 30%; final assignment: 40%
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent required for all students who have not taken Health Policy II: Public Health Policy Formulation (300.712).

For consent, contact:

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.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail