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The Biology of Water and Health – Part 1

About the Course


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The course takes a unique interdisciplinary approach to critical water and water-related health challenges across the globe.

This course examines increasingly critical water-related issues through a distinctly global and interdisciplinary lens. Participants will explore the multi-faceted ways in which water and human health are inter-related, including the influence of waterborne pathogens on human and environmental health and the central role of water in preserving health through adequate sanitation and hygiene. The course focuses on the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene to maternal and child nutrition and growth, and encourages participants to explore social, economic, and behavioural dimensions in a global, multi-dimensional context.

Course Content

In this course, course participants will learn to understand the complex interdependence of social, economic, and scientific perspectives involved in addressing critical water-related challenges. The unique interdisciplinary approach of this course gives the general public, as well as health professionals in a variety of fields, a provocative introduction to the public health and human engineering components involved in the provision of safe water and sanitation. It provides an interdisciplinary framework for understanding the place of water in health policy and engineering by helping participants give informed voice to the ways in which water is involved in social interactions, belief systems, and the economics of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

This course is the first in a three part series that will be offered in 2014-2015 by Tufts University.

Course Benefit

Interdisciplinary understanding of water and water related health challenges around the globe.

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