Home > Public Health Programs > Health Impact Assessment: Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making

Join Our Mailing List button

Health Impact Assessment:
Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making

Course Code: EP0704CA20

Ebola Outbreak, Risk Communication Training


Date &Time

Last Held: October 18, 2019
9:00am - 3:00pm (Check-in time: 8:30am)

We are offering an online Health in All Policies (HiAP) class on February 19, 2021. View course details and register!


Health Impact Assessment (HIA) can be used to evaluate a proposed plan or project's potential effects on the health of a population. HIA provides evidence-based recommendations aimed at enhancing positive health impacts and minimizing negative ones, providing an approach to the decision-making process by:

  • Considering health outcomes such as social, economic and environmental influences;
  • Convening diverse members of the public to elicit multiple perspectives and input;
  • Identifying groups of people who might be particularly vulnerable to health impacts; and
  • Reviewing potential strategies that may reduce negative health impacts and increase positive impacts.

In this session, the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative (PHCI) will lead an introductory training on health impact assessment as a tool to promote community health and equity in planning processes and decision-making. Participants will engage in group exercises related to HIA steps, discuss opportunities and challenges to integrating health into planning and policy processes, and learn about new statewide collaborative initiatives and emerging tools to build capacity for health advancement in planning, and to support health in all policies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the broader context of health influences and the social determinants of health.
  • Understand the principles, value, and use of HIA, as well as the steps involved in conducting an HIA.
  • Understand applicability of HIA to planning, development, and land use decision-making and processes.
  • Explore opportunities to incorporate HIA and/or health in all policies in local government decision-making.
  • Review the resources available to local government decision-makers and citizens that wish to include health consideration in community planning.

View approved recertification credits.

Download Health Impact Assessment Flyer
Please download and share with your colleagues!

More Information about Health Impact Assessment

What is HIA?
How can HIA lead to a healthier NJ?

Interested in learning more? Visit www.phci.rutgers.edu.


Leigh Ann Von Hagen, PHCI
Karen Lowrie, PHCI

View facilitator bios.

Agenda At-A-Glance


Welcome and Speaker Introduction (Von Hagen)
9:10am Introduction to HIA
9:45am Brainstorming Potential HIA Projects
9:55am Steps of HIA (Von Hagen)
10:10am Screening (Lowrie)
10:40am Break
10:50am Scoping (Von Hagen)
11:30am Assessment and Recommendations (Lowrie)
12:00pm Lunch
12:45pm Overview of Final HIA Steps (Lowrie)
1:15pm Collaboration in HIA (Von Hagen)
1:35pm Intervention Points for HIA (Lowrie)
2:00pm HIA: What does New Jersey State, County, and Local Government Need? (Von Hagen and Lowrie)
2:30pm Questions and Answers


Who Should Attend
Practitioners and policymakers in a variety of sectors can benefit from this training, including:
  • Attorneys (CLE)
  • Health Care / Community Health Professionals
  • Housing / Zoning Professionals
  • Municipal Finance
  • Municipal Professional Engineers (PE)
  • Professional Planners (APA)
  • Public Health Professionals (HO/REHS/CHES)
  • Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP)

The October 18, 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.5 Rutgers CEUs, this HIA workshop has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP) - 4.5 Regulatory CECs

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) - 4.5 CECs

American Planners Association (APA) - 5 credits

NJ Continuing Legal Education (CLE) - 3.4 CLEs

NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists - Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 5.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ Professional Engineers - 5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

Sustainable Jersey - This course is eligible for 10 points toward certification in the Sustainable Jersey program under the "Health in All Policies Professional Development Training" action.

Rutgers Planning and Zoning Certificate - 3 Technical

Registration Fee TBD  
Multi-Person Registration Fee TBD Register at the same time with a colleague and you both save!
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Cook Student Center, Multipurpose Room C
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map


  • All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
  • Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Health Impact Assessment: Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making" or Course Code EP0704) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCarthy, 848-932-7703