Course: Water Sanitation Needs in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

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Course Description

Presents a historical overview of the influence of water and sanitation on human health; types of water and sanitation facilities and equipment presently available and particularly suited to refugee populations displaced by war, famine, drought, and economic turmoil; and methodologies for assessing and quantifying water and sanitation needs.

Course Objectives

Objectives of this course are:

  • to enable engineers to read and understand epidemiological studies associating environmental conditions to human health;
  • to enable students to identify the sanitary barriers that interrupt the most common disease transmission cycles and to identify what failures have occurred when a crisis arises;
  • to be able to critically evaluate engineering strategies introduced to induce a specific health outcome;
  • and to enable public health professionals to be eloquent spokespeople for environmental health interventions where appropriate.