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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian Emergencies

3rd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is an essential component of humanitarian emergency planning and response. This course provides WASH introductory concepts, technical knowledge and practice in humanitarian contexts, including conflict, natural disasters and disease epidemics. Essential cross-cutting issues such as coordination, intersectoral planning and response as well as community and behavioral aspects are provided with examples from recent disasters.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define key WASH terminology and WASH coordination including intersectoral coordination
  2. Describe appropriate types of water supplies and treatment as well as appropriate types of sanitation according to different emergency contexts
  3. Explain key features of WASH responses to water-borne disease outbreaks such as cholera
  4. Examine the role of water quality testing and monitoring in emergencies and demonstration of testing methods
  5. Analyze different hygiene promotion and social mobilization practices according to different contexts
  6. Evaluate key WASH indicators and discuss appropriate WASH monitoring and evaluation methods according to different contexts
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% LiveTalks
  • 10% Discussion Board
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)