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The impact of water on health. (Image source
Highlights of this Course

This course encourages and trains students to think outside the box when addressing water-related problems. Our interdisciplinary approach is designed, for example, to give the health professional an introduction to the engineering components involved in the provision of safe water and sanitation. While at the same time providing the engineer an ecological framework for understanding the place of water in health, it also gives a voice to the ways in which water is involved in social interactions, belief systems, and the economics of an interconnected and interdependent world.

Course Description

This interdepartmental course explores the multi-faceted ways in which water and human health are related. This includes the influence of waterborne pathogens on human and environmental health, as well as by identifying the central role of water in preserving health through adequate sanitation and hygiene. Above and beyond this classic lens for examining water and health, the course explores social, economic, and behavioral dimensions in a global context. The course allows participants to become familiar with different disciplinary approaches for addressing the biological linkages between water and health.

Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
Course Faculty
Jeffrey Griffiths
David Gute
Bela T. Matyas
Course Length
36 Hours