An Introduction to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: A Distance Learning Course Restricted; Files & ToC

Bias, Megan (Spring 2021)

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In recent years, public health workforce capacity training has become a focal point of institutions around the world. In order to create a more efficient and adaptable workforce, topic specific trainings outside of the learner’s core expertise have been developed and delivered through online distance learning methods. While there are a few WASH related distance learning courses, there are not any courses that provide a comprehensive introduction to WASH topics.

The purpose of this special studies project is to develop an ‘Introduction to WASH’ distance learning course for deployment through the Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development. This thesis describes the theoretical background that supports the development of online educational courses for adults, provides five module outlines for instructional use, and discusses the implications of the course at Africa CDC.

The course was designed as five module outlines covering water, sanitation, hygiene and the links between WASH topics. With adult learners as the target audience, various adult learning theories were reviewed and applied to the module design. In addition to WASH content, each module outline consists of specific learning objectives, key readings and discussion questions as well as additional resources for further study. The water module focuses on global water challenges, water infrastructure, water storage and water treatment options. The sanitation module covers global sanitation challenges, sanitation infrastructure, behavior changes related to sanitation, and wastewater surveillance of diseases. The water and sanitation module emphasizes the role of water scarcity in sanitation interventions as well as key diseases related to water and sanitation and disease prevention methods. The hygiene module introduces global hygiene challenges, hand hygiene infrastructure, and behavior changes related to hand hygiene. Lastly, the sanitation and hygiene module focuses on ways to break the fecal-oral transmission cycle and ways to identify and address menstrual hygiene management needs.

Together, these modules provide introductory knowledge on key aspects of WASH. This distance learning course will provide public health workers throughout Africa a way to increase crosscutting competencies and, therefore, increase public health workforce capacity.

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