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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Kellogg Schwab
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Introduces major environmental health problems in the tropical areas of the world and discusses some solutions in detail. Covers engineering, human behavior, and public health approaches to providing potable water and sanitation including simple water supplies, sanitary latrines, the relationship of water supply and sanitation to diarrheal diseases, disaster sanitation, and techniques for disinfection. Demonstrates field treatment of water supplies and water microbiology. Each student develops a case study drawn from current events and designs a field project for an environmental control measure to reduce disease in a community. In addition, students develop a short (4-6 page) mock grant proposal designed to implement an integrated water and sanitation hygiene intervention of their choosing drawing on the lessons learned during this course.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Define some engineering and behavior health and environmental problems confronting populations living in poorer parts of the world
Analyze some relevant situations and develop interventions to manage some of these situations
Describe what factors contribute to the spread and proliferation of fecal and water borne disease in developing countries
Explain the role of improved sanitation and adequate water supplies in improving quality of life; you will discuss what is meant by appropriate technology and village level of maintenance
Describe some factors that affect local availability of water and improved water supplies. By observing examples and through class discussion and debate of current case studies
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: 25% participation; 25% presentation of a case study; 50% mock grant proposal
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 35
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail