Sanitation in Developing Countries – HLTH 624

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020

Course Description

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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:

  1. Assess sanitation and water needs in a developing community setting.
  2. Analyze challenges to overcoming infrastructure disparities in a developing nation.
  3. Describe alternative solutions for meeting sanitation needs in developing communities.
  4. Demonstrate affordable technologies to provide potable water for communities in need.
  5. Describe water-washed and water-borne diseases.

Course Assignment

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.

Research Paper:

Topic Submission

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.

Final Submission

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.

Mid-Term Exam

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.

Final Exam

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.