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Issues for Water and Sanitation in Tropical Environmental Health

Course Status

3rd Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Tuesday, 8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Introduces water and sanitation issues in developing countries and discusses solutions based on a systems approach. Examines the environmental and public health considerations in water supply and sanitation planning, as well as strategies for serving low-income households. Considers case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe which cover engineering, human behavior, and public health approaches to providing potable water and sanitation including simple water supplies, techniques for disinfection, sanitary latrines, and the relationship of water supply and sanitation to diarrheal diseases.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define some engineering and behavior health and environmental problems confronting populations living in poorer parts of the world
  2. Analyze some relevant situations and develop interventions to manage some of these situations
  3. Describe what factors contribute to the spread and proliferation of fecal and water borne disease in developing countries
  4. Explain the role of improved sanitation and adequate water supplies in improving quality of life and discuss what is meant by appropriate technology and village level of maintenance
  5. Describe some factors that affect local availability of water and improved water supplies by observing examples and through class discussion and presentation of current case studies
  6. List problems regarding waste disposal and water supplies in rural, peri-urban and urban environments, and engineering and human behavior solutions to address these problems
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Quizzes
  • 50% Case study
  • 25% Participation