The Environmental Health Group facilitate the Tropical and Environmental Health Module.

This module covers the following topics in depth:

  • Hygiene behaviour assessment and hygiene promotion;
  • Water and health; classification of diseases, case studies, health impact measurement and its alternatives;
  • Water quality and standards; microbiological quality, chemical quality standards;
  • Water supply technology and policy; rural water supplies, water treatment, rural water policy, tariffs, willingness-to-pay;
  • Sanitation; excreta-related infections, low-cost technology options, system choice, implementation issues;
  • Sewage disposal; effluent quality standards, wastewater treatment, waste re-use;
  • Other environmental issues (on request): solid waste management, urban vectors and drainage, pest control, dams and health, food hygiene, air pollution, waste water re-use.

By the end of the course it is hoped that students are able to:

  • Predict the likely health impacts of a given water supply or sanitation program or other environmental intervention;
  • Recommend a suitable type of water supply for a small community, or an appropriate kind of low-cost sanitation system, for particular conditions;
  • Assess policies for the implementation of water supply or sanitation programs, and make suggestions for their improvement;
  • Point out the principal pitfalls in health impact measurement, and suggest appropriate alternatives;
  • Judge the appropriateness in a given case of quality standards for drinking water and for treated effluent, and of the various common methods of water and waste water treatment;
  • Participate in the management of a water, sanitation and hygiene promotion project, with an understanding of the main policy considerations.

More information about the module can be found here.

Staff from the EHG also coordinate or teach on the following modules:

  • Distance Learning unit on the Control of Infectious Diseases
  • Distance learning unit on Water and Sanitation
  • Distance learning unit on Research Design, Management & Analysis
  • Health Promotion module
  • Disease Control in Developing Countries module
  • Applying Principles of Public Health module
  • Analysis & Design of Research Studies module
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases

Most staff in the group also act as personal tutors to MSc students or supervisors to students on their MSc Summer Projects or PhD research.

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