Short course on health impact assessment (HIA) of large infrastructure projects in Ghana

Introduction to health impact assessment (HIA) | Key concepts | Practical implementation of HIA | Affected communities and vulnerable groups | Dealing with affected communities and vulnerable groups health needs | Communicating HIA findings | Developing HIA career opportunities in Ghana

Understanding, assessing and managing community health and safety risks and impacts in areas where large infrastructure projects such as mining and constructions (i.e., large buildings, roads, railway projects, bridges, water dams and rail roads) are developed poses unique challenges. This includes questions such as how project induced changes might adversely impact community health or how an influx of project workers might increase the transmission of infectious diseases. In the frame of research for development initiative ( that aims to strengthen the use of health impact assessment (HIA) in the licensing process of large infrastructure projects, we are offering a 3-day short course on HIA. The objective of the course is to contribute to a solid understanding of the HIA approach, which is fundamental to further promote HIA practise in Ghana. Through the interactive short course, course participants will learn the concept of HIA as an approach to systematically manage and promote community health and safety in project-affected communities. The course will be implemented in an interactive manner in which theory will be discussed in the context of case studies in Ghana. The short course is jointly organized by the University for Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute ( and the University of Ghana school of Public Health.

Tentative course schedule

Who is invited: State institutions with sector responsibility in large mining, extractive industry and health, academia, environmental experts, mining/extractive  sector players, and the media.

Course Venue: AH Hotel, Accra

Fees: Free, with funding from HIA4SD project

Slots: Only 15 seats are available in this training. Participants will be selected based on industry or institutional relevance to the content of the course. The course is non-residential. Participants also need to cover their cost of transportation. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. A certificate will be issued at the end.

Date: Tuesday 23rd -Thursday 25th August, 2022. The individual should be able to commit full-time for the three day event in-person.

Times: 8:30am-4:30pm daily

Academic Weights on Course: Equivalent to 1.4ECTS units

Application materials: CV and a one page motivation letter why the course is essential for you

How to apply: Send application materials to

Additional enquiries: Please contact


Course Facilitators:

Prof. Philip Adongo

Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Science, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Ghana

Dr. Mirko Winkler

International expert in health impact assessment (HIA) practice, research and training, Swiss TPH, Switzerland

Dr. Martin Ayanore

Health Economist and International Health Policy Consultant, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana






Aug 23 - 25 2022


8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Categories


University for Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS)

Other Organizers

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
University of Ghana (UoG)