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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(7), 744; doi:10.3390/ijerph14070744

Using Health Impact Assessment as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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Received: 1 May 2017 / Revised: 26 June 2017 / Accepted: 3 July 2017 / Published: 8 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Impact Assessment)
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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) courses are teaching public health and urban planning students how to assess the likely health effects of proposed policies, plans, and projects. We suggest that public health and urban planning have complimentary frameworks for training practitioners to address the living conditions that affect health. Planning perspectives emphasize practical skills for impacting community change, while public health stresses professional purpose and ethics. Frameworks from both disciplines can enhance the HIA learning experience by helping students tackle questions related to community impact, engagement, social justice, and ethics. We also propose that HIA community engagement processes can be enriched through an empathetic practice that focuses on greater personal introspection. View Full-Text
Keywords: health impact assessment; social determinants of health; public health; urban planning health impact assessment; social determinants of health; public health; urban planning
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Chinchilla, M.; Arcaya, M.C. Using Health Impact Assessment as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 744.

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