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You are an entrepreneur, a civil servant, an environmental or health expert, a member of an NGO or interest group, a concerned citizen consulted about a public health statement or who wants an opinion about a mining project’s health impacts.

This online course is designed to enable you to learn within a few weeks the essential knowledge to understand the health impact assessment (HIA) process for a mining project.

The online course consists of 11 modules on the fundamental aspects of HIA and one last module to determine whether you have properly learned the material contained in this course. The modules cover the basic principles and major steps in a mining project’s HIA.


The purpose of this course is to become familiar with the process of a health impact assessment (HIA) often conducted within an environmental impact assessment (EIA).


The course will enable the student to understand how to contribute effectively to a mining project’s health impact assessment (HIA) process. More specifically, at the end of the course, the student will:

  • Understand the importance of the HIA in implementing sustainable development principles;
  • Understand all the applicable steps in a HIA within the EIA process, from project conception to the follow-up of potential impacts occurring during the mine closure phase;
  • Know the process of producing a HIA;
  • Participate effectively in the process and ultimately in the communication of risks.


The course is first intended for professionals or managers occasionally involved in an environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and specifically concerned about the health impact assessment (HIA) of mining projects. These include nurses, doctors, public health officials and inspectors. Project managers, decision-makers, analysts as well as stakeholder representatives will find in this course the perspective of active and effective participation in hearings dealing in particular with the health impacts of a mining project. However, the process and principles can also be applied to all types of projects.


Completely online (virtual, individual and asynchronous), without tutoring


Readings of the theoretical modules, evaluations (quiz) at the end of each module, interviews with experts, observing selected illustrations, suggested and optional additional reading material, final evaluation.


  • Quiz and final evaluation of course content
  • General evaluation of the course


This course requires an Internet access, regardless of the operating system, Microsoft Windows, iOS (Mac). To take this course, you need the following software: Media Player, Quick Time, Flash Player and Adobe Reader.


You can take this course in order to obtain continuing education credits.

This course is recognized by Médecins francophones du Canada for a total of 35 hours of Category 1 credits for all twelve modules of this course. Médecins francophones du Canada is accredited by the Collège des médecins du Québec.

The École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec also offer Continuing Education Units (CEU). The École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec recognize 3,5 CEU for this training course.

It takes about 35 hours to complete the course and evaluations.