Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Engineering—Graduate Certificate

Help protect human health in developing world and disaster-relief settings.

Apply fundamental scientific principles and engineering design approaches for the protection of public health and environmental quality. Build skills in community engagement, sustainability-based decision-making processes, and social science. Expand your career options in environmental engineering consulting firms, environmental compliance, engineering departments in industrial firms, and regulatory agencies. Become successful in improving WASH engineering through effective communication in order to bridge technology and community.

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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and prerequisite skills. This is a 9-credit certificate.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

BL 3310 - Environmental Microbiology

General principles of microbiology, focusing on both the use and control of microorganisms. Topics include microbial structure, function, growth, metabolism, and diversity, as well as microbial involvement in water and waste treatment, waterborne diseases, and pollution control. Not open to students with credit in BL3210.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 1020 or BL 1040 or BL 3080 or (BL 1200 and BL 1210) or (BL 1400 and BL 1410)

CEE 4501 - Environmental Engineering Chemical Processes

Application of chemistry, conservation principles, and mathematics to the analysis of chemical processes occurring in natural and engineered environments. Topics include acid-base phenomena, the carbonate system, precipitation/dissolution, redox chemistry, diffusion, mass transfer, and applications to engineering design.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (CEE 3501 or CEE 3503) and CEE 3502 and ENG 3200

CEE 4502 - Wastewater Treatment Principles and Design

Principles of physical, chemical, and biological processes employed in wastewater treatment. Design of selected individual units within wastewater treatment systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3501 or CEE 3503

CEE 4503 - Drinking Water Treatment Principles and Design

Provides an overview of the principles and design of municipal water treatment practices. Understand the physical and chemical processes employed in water treatment. Design individual unit processes with a view toward integration into complete treatment systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3501 or CEE 3503

Take a 3 credit required course.

CEE 5993 - Engineering with Developing Communities

Study of applying appropriate, community-based, and sustainable engineering in developing communities. Concepts of human-centered design and sustainable development are covered. Topics are drawn from several areas of engineering, including water and wastewater treatment, construction materials, solid waste, energy, and information systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (ENG 2120 or MEEM 2150) and (CE 3620 or CEE 3620)

Take 6 credits of elective courses.

Select two of the following courses. At least one elective course must be at the 5000 level and only one SS course may be selected. ENG 5510 may be taken instead of ENG 5515.

BL 3970 - Current Health Issues

Introduction to health issues, such as: infectious diseases, obesity, mental health, healthcare disparities, health insurance, drug addiction, and vaccines. Students will analyze health issues from a diverse cultural, ethical, social, and global perspective.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

ENG 5515 - Introduction to Sustainability and Resilience

Introduction to sustainable development, resilience, and global grand challenges with emphasis on socio-technical systems. Key topics include earth systems literacy, policy development, corporate social responsibility, ecological economics, sustainability indicators, and industrial/societal applications (e.g. agricultural, mining sustainability, etc,).

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

FW 4010 - Public Health and the Environment

Explores how the environment impacts the health of individuals and entire populations. Topics will include exposure to environmental hazards and natural disasters, access to green and blue space and the built environment.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

HU 3261 - Topics in Communicating Across Cultures

Examines communication practices and styles across selected cultures and multicultural groups, drawing on an interdisciplinary range of research fields. May address social issues, language and cultural differences, gender, race, ethnicity, class, disabilities, age, religion, family and national identity.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

KIP 4740 - Epidemiology

An introduction to the principles and methods of epidemiology to understand the distribution and determinants of health in a population. Topics include basic epidemiological statistics, study design, and sources/impact of bias and error.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

SS 4120 - Anthropology of International Development

Advanced anthropology course that focuses on cultural, social structural, historical, and environmental analyses of international development. Students engage with relevant social theory and practical applications in international development case studies.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

SS 5325 - Water Policy, History, and Governance

This seminar will explore the global history, politics, and governance of freshwater resources. Topics will include the effects of forestry, mining, watershed management, sanitation systems, privatization, climate change, fisheries, emerging contaminants, and agriculture on water systems and policies.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
CEE 5993
ENG 5515
SS 5325

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

Understand and engage the local community, communicate effectively, and identify technologies and human behaviors that are appropriate within a particular cultural context to solve WASH engineering problems in developing-world and disaster-relief settings.