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Online Continuing Education Course – HIA step by step

Brief description of the course

A 12-hour online continuing education course on health impact assessment (HIA) of public policies will be offered by the NCCHPP starting in October 2013.

This online course will focus on the five steps of HIA and will take place over the period of 4 weeks. It will allow you to become familiar with the HIA process applied to public policies, recognize its fundamentals, and think about the favorable conditions for successful HIA implementation.

This online course will take place:

  • In French: October 27 to November 21, 2014.  
  • In English: September 15 to October 10, 2014. Next dates to be announced.

The duration of the course is 12 hours in total, including two webinars, self-paced online modules, discussion forums, and other interactive activities.

The “Campus Virtuel” (or Virtual Campus e-learning platform) of the INSPQ – Québec’s Public Health Institute – will be the host of this online course.

This online course is in the process of receiving accreditation for awarding continuing education credits.

Target audience

The course is intended for practitioners, professionals and decision makers active in the health and social services sector (particularly public health), from non-governmental organizations, or for any person interested in public policies and their impacts on population health.

Learning objectives

This online course will familiarize participants with the application of the HIA process to public policies, in collaboration with local stakeholders.

At the end of this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the fundamentals of the HIA of public policies
  • Explain the steps of a high-quality HIA
  • Know the favorable conditions for successful HIA implementation

Prerequisite: basic knowledge of population health concepts

Learning methods and course chart

This online course on HIA of public policies will consist of two webinars, and seven self-paced online modules offered on the e-learning platform of the INSPQ (the “Campus Virtuel”).

After a first online module explaining the workings of this online course, a live webinar will introduce the theoretical fundamentals of the HIA of public policies. Afterwards, the self-paced online modules will follow the standard steps of HIA. These will be blended with interactive activities such as discussion forums, video clips with tips and commentaries from national and international experts, and interactive quizzes. Finally, a live webinar will conclude the course and will address the questions of the favorable conditions for HIA implementation

Recognition of training

The Vice Dean of Education and Continuing Professional Development of the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal is fully accredited by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and from the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) (Quebec College of Physicians). For general practitioner/family medicine physicians, the Vice Dean of Education and Continuing Professional Development recognizes a maximum of 10 credit hours for the entire program (Category 1) and 2 credit hours (MainPro-M2). For specialists, the Vice Dean recognizes 1 credit per hour of participation (Section 1), for a maximum of 10 credits for the entire program as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and 0,5 credit per hour of participation (Section 2) for a maximum of 1 credit. The Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal, recognizes 12 hours of accredited training for this program. For all other participating professionals, this program provides a certificate of participation of 12 hours. Participants must claim the number of hours according to their participation.


Minimum number of participants: 10, maximum number of participants 25. (See Terms and Conditions for more details)

The registration fee is $300 CDN (plus applicable taxes).

Registration is done online, and payment by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) is required when filling in the registration form for the course. 

Important: the choice of the language of the course is made at registration and cannot be modified.  

Please read carefully the information on usage conditions, reimbursement policy, and basic technological prerequisites here. 


  • Step 1 : Fill in the online registration, To be kept informed of the next course offering, please sign up for our HIA mailing list  (click on Health Impact Assessment).

For the course in French, click here

Important: the choice of the language of the course is made at registration (course in French October 14 to November 1 or course in English October 21 to November 8) and cannot be modified.

  • Step 2: The online registration form will automatically redirect you to the page for online payment (by Visa or Mastercard).

For any questions concerning this course, please contact us at ncchpp_training@inspq.qc.ca or by phone at 514-864-1600 extension 3637.