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Introduction of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies

3rd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Paul Spiegel

Introduces water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) concepts, technical knowledge and practice in emergencies, including natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. Addresses the importance of intersectoral collaboration among all sectors with an emphasis on WASH, health and nutrition. Focuses on community and behavioral aspects using examples from recent disasters. Describes the roles and coordination frameworks of all actors including Government, United Nations, international and national non-governmental organizations, and donors. Illustrates monitoring and evaluation various WASH methodologies and practices.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define key WASH terminology and WASH coordination including inter-sectoral 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)

Enrollment Restriction:

Only students in MAS in Humanitarian Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Only students in MAS in Humanitarian Health