Question: What is the difference between the “Online university course” and the “Online continuing education course”?
The online course “Introduction to health impact assessment” is an
course offered by the Université de Montréal. The time necessary to complete this course is 45 hours: 15 hours online and 30 hours of individual assignments and readings (including a final assignment). This is a master's-level course, for which participants need to meet the prerequisites (a bachelor's degree in a health sector domain). All participants who complete this course successfully receive 1 academic credit. The content of the course has been developed by the NCCHPP, but Université de Montréal is responsible for administering this course. Please note that all administrative tasks concerning this course must be done in French, since all forms and instructions are only available in French.
The online continuing education course “HIA step by step” is offered by the NCCHPP on the Virtual Campus of the INSPQ (Québec's Pulic Health Institute). This course focuses on the five steps of HIA. It takes 12 hours to complete, including the self-paced modules, many interactive activities, such as two webinars, discussion forums, and more. The only prerequisite is to possess basic knowledge on population health. This online course is accredited for awarding Continuing Education credits. Question: When will the next online university course be offered?
Please consult the academic calendar of the Université de Montréal's website (available only in French): http://admission.umontreal.ca/cours-aux-cycles-superieurs/
. The course codes are MSO 6331 for the French version, and MSO 6332 for the English version. Question: Are these two courses also open for international students?
Yes - Both courses are open for international students. Also note that these courses are offered both in French and in English. Question: Do I need to be present at a specific time to take part in these online courses?
Yes and no – For the online continuing education course, the two webinars are presented live, but a recording of the webinar will be made available the next day. Afterwards, the self-paced online modules will be presented asynchronously; that is, they can be done according to your own schedule. For the specific time and date of the webinars, please see the main course page here
For the online university course, no live activities are planned. However, discussion forums on specific topics will be mandatory, and will be open for a specific couple of days according to the proposed course calendar. This will require you to be up-to-date in that topic at that time. So you are not completely free to follow your own calendar for the course. Question: My organization is interested in HIA and many colleagues would like to take part in this course. What are our options?
The NCCHPP is also open to creating special group options, through which the content of the online course can be adapted to better suit your organization's needs. The learning method could also be adapted to facilitate in-person or online group exercises in which colleagues could collaborate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss this possibility. .