Sanitation & Public Health

This course is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of the links between sanitation and public health.

For whom?

This course is designed for those with an interested in onsite sanitation and public health such as practitioners, academicians, consultants, researchers, students and representatives from NGOs.

Prerequisites

While there is not a strict prerequisite to undertaking this course is recommended that the participants have clear concepts on:

Microbiology (first-year undergraduate level, eg. classification of microbial life, autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms, growth requirements...) .

In case you desire to update/refresh these concepts you can have a look at our free online preparatory courses on Microbiology via the link: https://ocw.un-ihe.org/

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Identify the range of health hazards related to human excreta in communities
  2. Identify disease and transmission routes associated with human excreta
  3. Analyse non-infectious public health issues related to sanitation
  4. Evaluate control and prevention of health hazards associated with human excreta

Course content

This course is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of the links between sanitation and public health. The following themes are covered: human health hazards related to excreta, pathogens and transmission routes associated with human excreta, non-infectious health issues related to sanitation, and control measures to protect public health.

This course also includes case studies of sanitation intervention trials and workshops on the most up-to-date risk evaluation tools such as Sanitation Safety Plans and SaniPath. This course has been developed by renowned public health experts from our partners Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) and in conjunction with the WHO.

Study subjects

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Human Health Hazards and Human Excreta
  • Review and Assessment of Transmission Routes
  • Characteristics and Lifecycles of Sanitation-relevant Pathogens
  • Non-infectious Public Health Issues Related to Sanitation
  • Control Measures
  • Risk Evaluation Tools

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