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Introduction to health impact assessment (HIA) of public policies – online course

This online course, offered in both French and English, teaches participants how to conduct a health impact assessment (HIA) of a public policy. It is offered through the University of Montréal, and can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of the university’s postgraduate micro-program in public health (offered in French).  The course, which was co-developed and co-sponsored with the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy  (NCCHPP), is intended for public health practitioners and decision makers. 

It covers three main themes:

  • the historical, methodological and scientific foundations of HIA
  • the five steps of the HIA process
  • decision making, and knowledge brokering and sharing related to HIA processes and results

A tutor guides students in their reflections, analyses and discussions, and gives feedback on an assignment based on a practical application.  The course costs $120 for Quebec residents and $245 for residents of Canada outside Quebec.  A Bachelor’s degree and some public health experience are required for registration.

Starting in October 2013, the NCCHPP will offer a 12-hour version of this course:  Online continuing education course – HIA step by step.  You can access both courses at

This course was recommended as a professional development resource by an NCCDH project team reviewing online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health for a public health audience.  To learn more about this project and other recommended courses, click here.

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy and the Université de Montréal (2012).  Introduction to health impact assessment (HIA) of public policies [Online course]. Retrieved from


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