Health impact assessment

Health impact assessments (HIA) provide decision-makers with sound information about the health implications of policies, programmes and projects, ranging, for example, from construction of a waste incinerator to the redesign of an urban neighbourhood.

WHO/Europe provides support to Member States on HIA by developing methodologies and tools, carrying out assessments and reviews, and advising on policy options. It also works to include health in environmental assessments through joint capacity building workshops for health and environment experts, and contributes evidence on the health benefits and risks of government policies in various sectors.