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Postgraduate Course: Health in All Policies (PUHR11104)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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 focus on Health Impact Assessment as an approach to achieve Health in All Policies. Students will work in groups to undertake an HIA project.
Course description This course will be taught entirely by online distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Students will work individually and in groups, interacting via discussion boards.
Students will be introduced to key concepts and approaches to Health in All Policies through a mix of online lectures, activities and key readings. 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 online groups to conduct the first stages of a health impact assessment based on a topic of their choice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. Critically evaluate completed HIAs and HIA concepts
  3. 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.
Reading List
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

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
Additional Information
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
- Communication
KeywordsHealth in All Policies,Health Impact Assessment,Social Determinants of Health
Course organiserDr Margaret Douglas
Course secretaryMs Charlotte Munden
Tel: (0131 6)51 318
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