About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for ISSUES FOR WATER AND SANITATION IN TROPICAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (182.626.01), a course offered by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

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.

Course Learning Objectives

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

Course Time

Tue   8:30 AM to 10:20 AM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience


Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: 25% participation; 25% presentation of a case study; 50% mock grant proposal

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Kellogg Schwab
E-mail: kschwab@jhsph.edu