Health Impact Assessment

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Health Impact Assessment is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Curtin University. In essence, it explores the dynamic discipline of health impact assessment, considering its historical context and development. You will also learn how to think critically about the ways in which health impact assessments inform evidence-based policy decisions.

To begin with, you will consider the role and essential purpose of both health impact assessment and environmental impact assessment. Following this, you will examine the entire process of HIA – from preliminary research to report preparation and evaluation. Finally, you will also consider HIA as a constantly evolving field, examining improvements in the overall framework and processes.

Ultimately, Health Impact Assessment provides you with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully undertake a HIA from start to finish. Through the examination of changes in the field, and how HIA informs policy, you will also develop a critical, evaluative understanding of the discipline.

Eligibility

In order to enrol, you must be accepted into one of the following courses at Curtin University:

  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management
  • Master of Health Industry Management

Areas of study

In this Health Impact Assessment unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • The role and objectives of EIA and HIA
  • HIAs in Australia
  • The value of integrating health with environmental impact assessments
  • The HIA process: the preliminary stage
  • The HIA process: risk assessment
  • Health risk management and implementation
  • HIA report preparation and evaluation
  • Improvements in the HIA and EIA processes

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University

This unit is an elective in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Master of Health Industry Management, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

If health risks are not properly assessed, devastating consequences can follow. As a result, ensuring that this doesn’t happen through proper assessment is a particularly rewarding, not to mention essential line of work. Furthermore, if you can get your own HIA findings to make a material change in policy, you will know you have made a meaningful difference to operations. Completing a unit Health Impact Assessment equips you with the knowledge and frame of reference to successfully complete such projects, making you highly attractive to employers.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Health Impact Assessment from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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