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Wastewater and Public Health


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What you'll learn:

Since the beginning of human civilization people have realized that water is essential for their survival. As historically documented, these early civilizations are known to develop settlements around bodies of water such as rivers. Rivers are useful because they bring water in and take water away. This simple process illustrates the concept of how we obtain the water that we drink and how we eliminate the water that we excrete. In more recent years, populations have grown with more people living in cities than rural areas. This increase in urbanization has important implications on water quality, the challenge of obtaining safe drinking water, and the treatment of wastewater produced by human populations. The connection between wastewater and public health provides important information on how we can take preventative measures to ensure the sustainability of our water quality. In this course you will learn about the implications to what we put into our water systems and the resulting composition of water when we turn on the tap.

At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the interconnected relationship between humans and the environment.
  2. Explain how wastewater can be used as diagnostic matrix and public health indicator.
  3. Evaluate the impact of persistent chemicals in wastewater on pubic health.
  4. Examine how Green Chemistry can reduce toxic exposures to the environment.

Learning topics:

  • Module 1: The City as a Large Living Organism
  • Module 2: Personal Care Products: A Case Study
  • Module 3: Wastewater as a Diagnostic Matrix


Who this course is for:

Water Industry Leaders and Professionals, Sustainability Leaders and Professionals, Health Industry Professionals


What you'll receive:

Course Completion Certificate

About the instructor

Dr. Rolf Halden, Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Dr. Rolf Halden is the director of the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at the Biodesign Institute, professor in the Ira A. Fulton School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and senior sustainability scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Professor Halden is an international leader in determining the affect of mass-produced chemicals on the environment through the examination of wastewater as a diagnostic matrix. His research and inventions have helped to identify the public health and safety of cities.