The course has been offered in French from: February 4 to March 31, 2013.
Next course offering in French: March 19 to April 30, 2014. Registration in January 2014.
The course will be offered in English from: May 1 to June 12, 2013. (Registration closed).
Next course offering in English: May 1 to June 12, 2014. Registration in February 2014.
Other online training on HIA of public policies are currently being developed. More information will be available here in May 2013.
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The course is intended for participants who wish to pursue the HIA of public policies. In particular, it is meant for practitioners in public health and in other related sectors, as well as for decision makers, including:
- professionals and practitioners interested in public policies and their impacts on population health;
- professionals and practitioners working in evaluation, including HIA;
- professionals in charge of applying HIA in their organizations;
- professionals and researchers active in the health and social services sectors, particularly public health.
Content and learning objectives
The content of the course is structured into three main themes, organized as modules:
- The historical, methodological and scientific foundations of HIA
- Producing high quality HIAs
- Knowledge sharing and decision making.
The first module discusses the evolution of HIA, types of impact assessment and HIA models, the determinants of health, the process of policy making, intersectoral collaboration and public participation. At the end of the module, students will be able to:
- Present the evolution of HIA
- Present the different types of impact assessment and HIA models
- Identify the determinants of health in a scenario
- Determine the place of HIA within the stages of policy-making analysis
- Select a representative intersectoral working group and present the roles of the community in health impact assessment.
The second module deals with the five steps of the HIA process. The quality principles and standards as well as implementation conditions and elements of project management are also presented. The key competencies are:
- Using screening and scoping tools
- Producing a logic framework
- Using information sources available in public health
- Synthesizing a report
- Naming quality criteria of an HIA
- Knowing the contextual elements facilitating a successful application of HIA practice
- Explaining the process of project management.
The third module is about decision making, knowledge brokering and knowledge sharing. Students will have acquired the following competencies by the end of this module and will know how to:
- Distinguish the diverse source of information inherent to all decision-making processes
- Establish the conditions for a transparent and non-technical report in order to inform decision making
- Determine if a knowledge-sharing plan responds adequately to the needs and the level of the audience for whom the HIA is intended.
Teaching and learning method
This course will be offered completely online on the StudiUM platform of the University of Montréal, and will be part of a Postgraduate micro-program in public health (in French).
This online course will be presented asynchronously, meaning that you will not need to be present at a specific time of the week to follow the course. Opportunities for interaction are planned throughout the course by means of online forums, and (small) assignments are to be submitted every week. A tutor will be available to guide you in your learning process. One university credit will be accorded to those who successfully complete the course, for 45 hours of work in total (15 hours online and 30 hours for assignments and readings, including the end of term assignment).
For more information on the content and logistics of the course, see the course outline
For the French version of the course, the registration deadline was December 14, 2012.
The registration deadline for the English version of the course was March 8, 2013.
Fees are $121.43 for Québec residents, and $244.44 for residents of Canada outside Québec.
To be eligible to register for the course, candidates should:
- Hold a bachelor's degree in a public health-related field, or a diploma deemed to be equivalent;
- Have at least one year's experience working for an institution delivering public health services or working on public health issues, or possess an equivalent experience;
- Possess sufficient understanding of written and spoken English. (Note: for the course in French, written and spoken French will be necessary, as well as the ability to read some materials in English.)
For any questions concerning the course: please contact Julie Castonguay (email@example.com), 514-864-1600 ext. 3637.
Please note that there has been a great deal of interest in and demand for this course. We will be developing ways to make it available to more participants during 2013 and will keep you posted. To register to receive news about this course or any of our other online training on HIA, please sign up for updates here (click the box for "HIA online courses").