Health Impact Assessment: Fundamentals, Steps, Resources - Web Presentation
This narrated Web Presentation gives a broad overview of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of public policies.
Published in February 2015. Description.

This narrated presentation gives an overview of what Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is, especially the kind of HIA that is meant to support decision making in the public sector. It is divided into three short video clips: Fundamentals, Steps of HIA and Resources - To learn more.

HIA is most frequently used to assess policy or project proposals from sectors other than the health sector. HIA involves attempting to estimate, with the help of contextual and scientific information, the proposal's possible effects on the determinants of health and health inequalities. Its main objective is to formulate recommendations that will minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive impacts of the policy or project.

This web presentation is intended to help the viewer to:

  • Understand the origin and values of HIA
  • Describe the five steps of HIA
  • Recognize HIA as an approach to support public sector decision making
  • Find necessary resources to learn more about different aspects of HIA.

Part 1 - Fundamentals

(Flash video, 9 minutes)

Part 2 - The Steps 

(Flash video, 13 minutes)

Part 3 - To learn more

(Flash video, 2 minutes)

This Web Presentation was developed by Julie Castonguay and Louise St-Pierre.

For any question related to the content of this web presentation, please contact Louise St-Pierre at

For any technical issues, please contact Mylène Maguire at

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