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Healthy Housing Principles

The Healthy Housing Principles is a one-day course designed to introduce the participants to the eight healthy home principles that are used nationwide to promote effective strategies to improve environmental health and safety in homes. The information is based on the Healthy Housing Principles Reference Guide developed by the Building Performance Institute.

Target audience

Community health workers and advocates, case workers, housing professionals, community leaders, social workers, health educators, public health nurses, and anyone who visits, works on, or advocates for housing.

What you'll learn

Participants will learn the connection between health and housing and the importance of thinking more comprehensively about home environments. Students will learn effective strategies and actions for each of the healthy home principles including Clean, Dry, Pest-free, Contaminant-free, Safe, Ventilated, Comfortable and Maintained. The course provides a variety of perspectives and experiences through practice sessions and hands-on exercises.


This course is currently offered virtually through the Zoom online platform and in-person. There is a cost for course manual and educational materials, but these costs may be covered for students through grant support depending on the class. Check the course calendar for details.

Please contact Kevin Kennedy at for more information.