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Public Health and Planning 101

An Introductory Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environments

This course is currently under construction to bring some exciting updates! Please sign up using the link below & we will contact you when it is up and running:

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About the Course

There is a growing body of evidence that supports the relationship between land use planning decisions, community design and the determinants of health. Public health and planning professionals are working more closely on shaping the built environment to enhance public health through many land use planning initiatives. However, a lack of knowledge and understanding exists between the professions regarding each other’s overall mandate, legislation, and decision-making processes. It is important that we further build capacity among public health and planning professionals. This course helps to bridge the gaps between both professions and provides greater opportunities for partnership and the creation of healthy built environments.  

This introductory course was developed in collaboration with Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Additional supporters by funding from Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario and York Region Public Health.

Course Syllabus

The online education module has both shared and tailored sections for public health and planners. It is comprised of four sub-modules:

  • Introduction to Health and the Built Environment;
  • Policy, Legislation and Standards;
  • Roles and Responsibilities; and
  • Public Health and Planning Professionals Working Together.

Recommended Background

This course is appropriate for anyone who works in or is enrolled as a student in the public health or planning fields in Ontario. 

Course Format

This online course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities and supporting resources, self-examinations (multiple choice quizzes), and reading. No purchase is necessary. 


  • When does the course begin?
    • After signing up you will be able to access the course on the first Monday of the coming month (e.g. signed up on November 14th, course will begin on the first Monday of December).
  • What is the learning platform, ACTO?
    • ACTO is an online learning platform where it hosts our educational content. Learn more about ACTO here.
  • Will I receive a Certificate of Accomplishment?
    • If you have completed the modules, you can request for a mailed certificate by contacting A small fee of $20 CAD will be charged.
  • Where can I learn how the course was developed?
    • Please click here to learn more about the project background.
  • I have some additional questions. Who can I contact?
    • Please email 

Course at a Glance

• Approximately 3.5 hours to complete course modules (learn at your pace)