Comprehensive HIA training course

Comprehensive HIA training course

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland has developed a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) training course for those who wish to develop skills and competencies in this area.  This 3-day training course gives participants' knowledge and skills so they can plan for and conduct HIA across a range of settings.

Applications are now open for the 2014 course which will take place in Dublin 3-5 November

Complete the on-line registration here.

Closing date: 19 September 2014

Venue: Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham

Course cost: The cost of this three day course including course materials, lunches and refreshments is €300/£240. A limited number of reduced fee places are available for applicants working in the community or voluntary sector or postgraduate students. If you wish to be considered for reduced fees, please complete the relevant section on the application form. 

Accommodation: Accommodation is not included in the course cost.B&B is available in the Hilton Hotel from €119 per night.

Transport: The venue is within walking distance of Heuston Station and the Luas red line. For those arriving by car, it is close to the M50 and M4. Parking is available in the venue at a cost of €7 per day.

Queries: Please contact Tara Burke on +353 1 478 6300 or

Who should attend this course?

This training will be of particular interest to those working in the fields of public health, planning, regeneration, socio-economic development, education, environmental health and community development.

Course outline

HIA is a practical, systematic methodology which can be used to assess the impacts on health of policies, programmes and projects that may not have health as their primary objective. It provides an evidence base to support improved decision-making at all levels and across many sectors. HIA additionally considers the distributional impacts of proposals on population groups and thus can help to highlight where health inequalities exist.

This all-island training course explains HIA and empowers participants, through action learning, to conduct a HIA. The course will take place over 3 consecutive days and participants will hear from those who have undertaken HIAs and engage in workshops in order to apply HIA tools to a case study scenario.

Issues covered in detail include:
  • Rationale for HIA
  • Methods and practical tools
  • Sourcing evidence
  • Community involvement in HIA
  • Formulating and monitoring recommendations

The training course is designed to be informative and share learning experiences from HIA practitioners across Ireland and the UK.  At the end of the course participants will have obtained the necessary skills to conduct a HIA and be able to avail of on-going support and networking opportunities from the Institute.

Please contact or tel +353 1 478 6300 for further information regarding the training course.

Further information on the HIA process may be found here.