Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments 

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Please answer the pre-course survey before beginning the HIA Course. If you have already answered these questions, you may proceed with the course.

Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments

is a 'how to' guide for conducting health impact assessments (HIAs), developed by the American Planning Association and the National Association of County & City Health Officials, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This online course will explain the value of conducting an HIA and the steps involved in conducting an HIA. Throughout the course, examples of health impact assessments have been highlighted and discussed.

This course is available for free and was updated in 2011, thanks to a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please read through the information in "General Instructions". When you are ready, click on "Table of Contents" to start accessing the course.

Experts who contributed material for this course include:
  • Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • Laura Biazzo, MPH, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Nisha D. Botchwey, PhD, MCPR, MPH, Associate Professor, University of Virginia School of Architecture

  • Brian Cole, PhD, Project Manager, UCLA Health Impact Assessment Group

  • Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Carrie Fesperman, MPH, MRP, Manager, Planning and Community Health Research Center, American Planning Association

  • Ann Forsyth, PhD Professor, Cornell University

  • Christine G. Green, MCRP, Research Assistant, Planning and Community Health Research Center, American Planning Association

  • Candace Rutt, PhD, Health Psychologist, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This online course was based heavily on:
  • A Training Manual for Health Impact Assessment
    Created by the Health Impact Assessment Research Unit of the University of Birmingham

  • Health Impact Assessment for Healthy Places: A Guide for Planning and Public Health
    Created by the American Planning Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Association of County & City Health Officials, San Francisco Department of Public Health, and UCLA Health Impact Assessment Group

 
Thanks to the professionals who provided case study material for the 2011 course update: Lance Bernard, Dr. Catherine Ross, Melissa Wittstruck

Thanks to our review committee who provided such thorough feedback on the course: Jalal Ghaemghami, Christine Godward, Sarah Heaton, Jennifer Lucky, Carol Maclennan, Steve Skowronski, and Casey Tsui

Funding for this course is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CM | 6 - Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments qualifies for six AICP Certification Maintenance credits. After finishing the course, AICP members must complete a course evaluation and report the credits in their CM log.