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Health Impact Assessment

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Monday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Keshia Pollack

Open to students who have completed Health Policy II: Public Health Policy Formulation (300.712) or Introduction to Policy (318.610). Students who have not completed either of these courses may enroll with the instructor’s permission.


Introduces students to health impact assessments (HIA), a systematic 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, is rapidly growing in the U.S. as one way to assess potential health impacts and promote health equity. Focuses on the application of HIA for policymaking. Students study the rationale for conducting HIAs, how HIAs fit within the broader concept of Health in All Policies, 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 Objectives:

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

  1. Understand how HIA fits within a Health in All Policies approach.
  2. Appreciate the development of HIA as an approach separate from Environmental Impact Assessments
  3. Compare the use of HIA internationally and domestically
  4. Discuss the core steps needed to conduct HIA
  5. Recognize the range of methodological approaches used to conduct HIA
  6. Explore the effectiveness and impacts of HIA for decision-making
  7. Examine the application of HIA to the policymaking process
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%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for all students who have not taken Formulating Policy (300.712) or Public Health Policy (300.610)

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