Postgraduate Course: Health in All Policies and Health Impact Assessment (PUHR11086)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will introduce the concept of Health in All Policies, links between health and policies in other sectors, and influences on policy making. It will then focus on Health Impact Assessment as an approach to achieve Health in All Policies. Students will learn the values and principles underpinning HIA, the steps required to complete an HIA and appropriate methods and approaches for each step. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of community engagement in the HIA process, and the use of HIA as a tool to address health inequities. Students will work in groups to undertake an HIA project.
This course will be composed of both didactic lectures and experience-based learning components. The focus of the lectures will be on giving students an in-depth understanding of health in all policies, and the systematic process of conducting a health impact assessment. Students will work in groups to conduct the first stages of a health impact assessment based on a topic of their choice. Several of the lectures will be dedicated to giving students hands-on practical experience with conducting components of the HIA process.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 0%
Practical Exam 0%
Coursework 100 %
||Students will submit a 1 page summary of the HIA topic they have chosen for the group report, with a description of the HIA decision and explanation of why they've selected it. They will receive formative feedback on this summary.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory, concepts and principles of health in all policies as an approach to improve population health and health equity and tools to achieve this including health impact assessment.
- Critically evaluate completed HIAs and HIA concepts.
- Determine where health impact assessment can be applied in the policy-making cycle, whether or not it should be used and apply a range of public health methods to an HIA process.
|Students will be recommended to read one of the following:|
Kemm J (ed) (2012) Health Impact Assessment: Past Achievement, Current Understanding, and Future Progress. ISBN-13: 9780199656011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656011.001.0001
O'Mullane M (ed) (2013) Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process: Lessons and experiences from around the world. ISBN: 9780199639960 DOI: 10.1093/med/9780199639960.001.0001 http://oxfordmedicine.com/view/10.1093/med/9780199639960.001.0001/med-9780199639960
Optional further reading:
National Research Council (2011). Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment. Washington DC: The National Academies Press.
Birley M (2012) Health Impact Assessment: Principles and Practice ISBN 978-1-84971-277-4
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||During this course students will have to demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others. They will learn generic approaches and skills such as classifying information, critical analysis and drawing on different forms of evidence to reach a balanced conclusion. They will engage with a real life proposal and consider how to influence decisions effectively. This will contribute specifically to the following Graduate Attributes:
- Outlook and engagement
- Research and enquiry
- Personal and intellectual autonomy
- Personal effectiveness
|Keywords||Health in All Policies,Health Impact Assessment,Social Determinants of Health
|Course organiser||Dr Margaret Douglas
|Course secretary||Ms Charlotte Munden
Tel: (0131 6)51 318