About the Course
This online course looks at aspects of water resources and their management, and how this can affect human health.
Planet Earth is known as the blue planet due to the large amount of water present on its surface. However, less than one percent of total water is available to humans as usable freshwater.
With increasing population growth and the effects of climate change hundreds of millions of people around the world, in both developed and developing nations, are facing an uncertain future in terms of the water resources that will be available to them for use. The course begins with a review of water and its various uses, and it then looks in detail at the water cycle that supplies vital fresh water for use by humans, how water is treated for human consumption and how clean freshwater is vital for human health. The course then looks at water resource and water supply management, and how pollution can cause water stress.
This course content covers key modules which include
- Module 1: Water and Its Uses
- Module 2: The Hydrological Cycle
- Module 3: Groundwater and Surface Water
- Module 4: Water Treatment
- Module 5: Water and Human Health
- Module 6: Water Distribution Network
- Module 7: Water Resources Management
- Module 8: Water Resources – Supply and Demand
- Module 9: Case Study – Water Stress from Eutrophication
- Module10: Course Assessment
Interdisciplinary appreciation of water issues and management for public health