Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health
Sanitation in Developing Countries
- Section 8WK
- 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
- Modified 01/13/2020
This course examines environmental hygiene and health problems related to water supply and sanitation. Low cost methods as well as appropriate technology applied to sanitation are discussed.
A hygiene environment is essential for healthy living. Proper sanitation and safe water are essential for an environment, especially in lesser economically developed countries. This course will give the student the basic knowledge and tools to address these fundamental water and sanitation issues for global settings.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Assess sanitation and water needs in a developing community setting.
- Analyze challenges to overcoming infrastructure disparities in a developing nation.
- Describe alternative solutions for meeting sanitation needs in developing communities.
- Demonstrate affordable technologies to provide potable water for communities in need.
- Describe water-washed and water-borne diseases.
Required Resource Purchases
Conant, J, and Fadam, P. A Community Guide to Environmental Health. Berkeley, CA: Hesperian Foundation; 2008. ISBN: 9780942364569.
Selendy, J.M.H. ed. Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011. ISBN: 9780470527856.
Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. Current ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Additional Materials for Learning
- Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
- Internet access (broadband recommended)
- Blackboard recommended browsers
- Microsoft Word
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion Board Forums (3)
The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words.
Article Reviews (2)
The student will review the major points of an article. This is an individual assignment involving the review of the major points of a case study or article. The student is expected to provide suggestions to address the problem in the case study or article. This assignment must be 450–600 words. The student must include 1 peer-reviewed article source in addition to the citation of the assigned case study or special topic.
Short Essays (2)
The student is required to respond to a topic provided by the course instructor. The essay should be 200–250 words in current AMA format.
The student will select a specific topic for his or her Research Paper. The topic selection will be submitted to the instructor for approval.
The student will create a detailed outline for the Final Version of the Research Paper.
The student will research at least 10 scholarly resources that are no more than 5 years old. The student will cite the resources in current AMA format.
The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper (excluding the reference and cover page) in current AMA format that focuses on an approved topic. The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.
This exam covers information from Modules/Weeks 1–4. The Mid-Term Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.
This exam covers information from Modules/Weeks 5–8. The Final Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.
Course Requirements Checklist
Discussion Board Forums (3 at 100 pts ea)
Article Reviews (2 at 100 pts ea)
Short Essays (2 at 50 pts ea)
Late Assignment Policy
Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.
If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.
Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:
- Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
- Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
- Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
- Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
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Textbooks: Conant & Fadam, A Community Guide to Environment Health (2008).
Selendy, Water and Sanitation-Related Diseases and the Environment (2011).
Reading & Study
Selendy: chs. 1–3, 5, 15
Course Requirements Checklist
DB Forum 1
Selendy: chs. 7, 10–11
Article Review 1
Research Paper: Topic Submission
Selendy: chs. 9, 12–14, 31, 37
DB Forum 2
Research Paper: Outline
Conant & Fadam: ch. 6
Selendy: chs. 18–19
Short Essay 1
Conant & Fadam: ch. 7
Selendy: ch. 22
DB Forum 3
Research Paper: References
Conant & Fadam: ch. 18
Article Review 2
Conant & Fadam: chs. 19–20
Research Paper: Final Submission
Selendy: chs. 21, 35
Short Essay 2
DB = Discussion Board
NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.