Short Course on Health Impact Assessment in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Application Procedure
    Kuala Lumpur

    Funded by the Malaysian Government through the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme, the short course, offered by the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), aims to introduce Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a means to assist in the transformation that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to achieve. The purpose of HIA is to improve population health and reduce health inequities by considering a broad range of health determinants. As well as reducing adverse health effects, HIA sees to maximise health benefits of particular projects, programmes, or policies. Strengthening capacity in HIA is a positive and practical step to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    This course will discuss links between selected environmental parameters (both natural and built) and human health. Major environmental challenges such as climate change, environmental pollution, and the state of ecosystems will be used to highlight the need for ecosystems approaches as part of the Agenda.

    Week 1 of the course will provide participants with an overview of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an understanding of the importance of links between environment and health, and an introduction to the fundamental elements of HIA. This will be reinforced by group activities where participants apply the course content to a range of case studies.

    Week 2 will progress to applications of HIA within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. HIA will be considered in relation to specific sectors and SDGs, as well as National Environmental Health Action Plans. Ways to increase collaboration between health and non-health sectors such as environment, urban planning, and transportation will be discussed. Participant understanding will be strengthened by developing a HIA proposal for a priority health and environment challenge in their respective country.

    For more information, or to apply, visit the course page on the UNU-IIGH website.


  • Places are limited, and only open to participants from Southeast Asia, Asia, Pacific Nations, and Africa. Short course details available here, and application form can be downloaded here.

  • United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
    UNU-IIGH Building,
    UKM Medical Centre Jalan Yaacob Latiff,
    Bandar Tun Razak,
    56000 Cheras,
    Kuala Lumpur,
    Tel : +603-9171-5394
    Fax : +603-9171-5402
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