Health Impact Assessment - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Short position paper (15%) , Assignment 2 - Analysis of HIA report (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit will explore the dynamic field of Health Impact Assessment. The unit will describe the historical background and development of the Health Impact Assessment discipline. Students will be encouraged to think critically about how health impact assessments inform evidence-based decision making policy project and plan development. Case studies and investigations of Health Impact Assessment will ensure students are capable of integrating their knowledge into real-world scenarios. Integrated and holistic methods for impact assessments will be discussed.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and critically comment on the role and objectives of Health Impact Assessment
  2. analyse requirement and role of Health Impact Assessment in local or international contexts
  3. analyse the processes of development and evaluation of a Health Impact Assessment
  4. conduct Health Impact Assessments evaluating the factors influencing human health in relation to Health Impact Assessment
  5. intergrate Health Impact Assessment into impact assessment structures elucidating the processes and methods by which health impacts can be processed.
  • Assignment 1 — Short position paper (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Analysis of HIA report (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — HIA Case Study (55%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2The role and objectives of EIA & HIA
3HIAs in Australia
4The value of integrating health with environmental impact assessments
5The HIA process: the preliminary stage
6The HIA process: risk assessment
7Health risk management and implementation
8HIA report preparation and evaluation
9Improvements in the HIA and EIA processes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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