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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian Emergencies

3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Paul Spiegel

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


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)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required