Health Impact Assessment (ILV)


Course lecturer:

FH-Prof. Dr.

 Ralf Reiche

Course numberM3.05190.30.110
Course codeHI Asses
Semester of degree program Semester 3
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits3,0
Language of instruction German

Students are familiar with definitions and goals of health impact assessment. They are able to name and explain the phases and types of health impact assessment by using examples. They are able to explain the ethical dimensions of HIA and its implementation as well as interpret the indicators in an HIA. Additionally they are able to describe and assess the development of HIA and its implementation in Austria as well as on an international level. Moreover they are able to list and differentiate between other types of impact assessment.

Module: Health Sciences (Balancing Students' Knowledge)

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a method to assess the health impact of strategies and projects from different business areas by using quantitative, qualitative and participatory techniques.
Definition and aims of health impact assessment (HIA)
Phases and types of HIA
Screening, scoping (determining context), balancing health consequences, developing recommendations, writing HIA reports, process of decision making, evaluation of HIA and monitoring health consequences
Ethical values of HIA and their implementation
Ethical benefit of evidence, sustainability, participation, fairness
Modelling and indicators in HIA
Development of HIA
Implementation of HIA in Austria
Implementation of HIA on international level
Other types of impact assessment

O'Mullane M. (2013): Integrating Health Impact Assessment with the Policy Process: Lessons and Experiences from Around the World, Oxford University Press
Birley M. (2011): Health Impact Assessment: Principles and Practice, Earthscan Ltd.
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