MA PHIT Housing Code

Training Overview

  • Audience: Municipal and state agency personnel charged with enforcement of housing and related laws and regulations, as well as attorneys, court personnel, and others who work on housing-related matters.
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Contact hours: Massachusetts CHO, RN and RS
    National Environmental Health Association REHS/RS
  • Competencies: Basic Public Health Sciences
  • Learning level: Performance
  • Prerequisites:None
  • Companion trainings:None
  • Supplemental materials:

Housing conditions can impact the health and safety of occupants and others. Through a coordinated effort, state and local public health agencies establish a framework for housing programs. These programs strive to protect the health, safety and well-being of housing occupants and the general public. Local boards of health (LBOH) should respond to all housing complaints in their community and work in partnership with owners, occupants and other government and community agencies to comprehensively and uniformly enforce housing-related laws and regulations, including State Sanitary Codes (SSC) 105 CMR 400.000: General Administrative Procedures (400) and 410.000: Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation (410).

Important Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and funding limitations, the comprehensive MA PHIT Housing course is not currently available. This version is fully online and self-paced and does not include blended course elements (such as classroom or field training and the virtual housing inspection).

This is the final training you must complete to achieve the MA PHIT Housing (Online) Certificate.

Enroll To receive a certificate of completion. This requires registration to establish a learner profile and completion of pre- and post-tests

What you’ll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between health and housing
  • Identify violations of standards found in 410
  • Cite appropriate sections of 410 when violations are observed
  • Complete a housing inspection and the associated Inspection Form, according to 400 and 410 standards
  • Write and serve Correction Orders, according to 400 and 410 standards
  • Resolve housing complaints and inspections that reveal violations of 410 standards
  • Identify additional housing-related resources available to LBOH, owners, and occupants

Subject Matter Expert

  • Paul Halfmann
    Assistant Director, Community Sanitation Program (CSP), Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH)
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)

  • Regina Hanson
    Assistant Director, Housing Program
    Boston Inspectional Services

  • Amy Riordan, MDPH
    Field Supervisor, CSP, BEH
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant 4500-1002. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.