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Introduction of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies

3rd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Paul Spiegel
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


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:

  • 40% Written Assignment(s)
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)
  • 10% LiveTalks
  • 10% Discussion

Enrollment Restriction:

Only non-OPAL students. OPAL MAS students should enroll in 604.651.86

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This section is only for students in non-OPAL programs. OPAL students should enroll in 604.651.86