课程信息
The world is facing unprecedented humanitarian needs. Today’s humanitarian crisis tend to be greater in number, often in urban settings, longer in duration and broader in regional impact. They generate human sufferings on a greater scale, disrupt essential services, such as water supply or sanitation and put health of large population at risk. Engineers and technical specialists in water, sanitation, energy, environment, and in other related fields play a vital role to respond to these challenges and growing needs. In the humanitarian sector, they are called the public health engineers and today they are increasingly needed! Why public health engineering matters so much in humanitarian crises? And how its related activities are carrying out in such complex environment? This is what this MOOC is all about! The EPFL, EAWAG-SANDEC and ICRC have decided to partner to guide you through this introduction to the fascinating field of public health engineering in humanitarian contexts.
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完成时间大约为19 小时

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100% 在线课程

立即开始,按照自己的计划学习。
Beginner Level

初级

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完成时间大约为19 小时

建议:4 - 6 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

字幕:English, French, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Public Health Engineering

The first week introduces the topic of public health engineering and see how engineers can have a significant impact to reduce the mortality and morbidity encountered in many humanitarian contexts. In order to do so, engineers should have a good understanding on how infectious diseases are transmitted. This is why you will be introduced to different environmental transmission pathways of diseases and you will see some measures to be taken to prevent the spread of some diseases. Real study case examples will be introduced to support the understanding....
Reading
11 videos (Total 80 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
Video11 videos
Course overview6m
Why public health engineering matters?9m
Environmental transmission pathways6m
Waterborne pathogens11m
Introduction to water quality criteria5m
How does drinking water become unsafe?10m
Water quantity6m
Introduction to vector control8m
Case study - Plague in Madagacar10m
Summary Week 11m
Reading8 readings
About the course5m
Further reading5m
Week description and objectives1m
Introduction1m
Infectious diseases1m
Water quantity and quality requirements1m
Vector control1m
Summary1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
F-Diagram10m
Water consumption worldwide5m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Humanitarian contexts

During this week, the humanitarian context in which public health engineering activities take place is presented. We will see how protracted conflicts affect urban essential services, such as water supply and sanitation, resulting in public health issues....
Reading
9 videos (Total 69 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
Planning and assessment7m
Case study - Bringing precious water in rural environment4m
Case study - Responding to emergencies6m
Urban contexts11m
Impact of protracted armed conflicts on essential urban services6m
A Call for a Better Urban Approach8m
Case study - Water and Iraq 1991 -20038m
Summary of the week3m
Reading5 readings
Week description and objectives1m
Introduction1m
Humanitarian response1m
Urban challenges1m
Summary1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
The fundamentals principles in action15m
Exam of week 235m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

The week does a review of water technologies commonly used from the source to the distribution point. We discuss some pros and cons of different water systems that may be encountered in humanitarian contexts....
Reading
8 videos (Total 70 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Case study - water supply in emergencies0m
Water Source Selection10m
Intake8m
Abstraction12m
Water Treatment14m
Water Distribution, Transport & User safety10m
Summary4m
Reading8 readings
Week description and objectives1m
Introduction1m
Water source selection1m
Intake & Abstraction1m
Water treatment1m
Water Distribution, Transport & User safety1m
Further info on "Household water treatment and storage"10m
Summary1m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Exam of week 335m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Sanitation

The fourth week does a review of sanitation technologies and excreta management. Case studies illustrate some challenges and practices in humanitarian sector....
Reading
11 videos (Total 86 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Sanitation products9m
Excreta management in humanitarian crisis15m
Sanitation technology selection9m
On-site collection and storage technologies11m
Collection and storage/treatment - Anaerobic technologies7m
Conveyance technologies: Case study on Ebola waste management2m
[Semi] Centralized treatment technologies - Treatment stages5m
[Semi] Centralized treatment - Aerobic Technologies11m
Anaerobic Technologies: Case study - Prisons running on biogas1m
Summary Week 44m
Reading7 readings
Week description and objectives1m
Introduction1m
Sanitation systems10m
Sanitation technologies10m
Further information on sanitation technologies10m
Summary10m
Case study - The battle against sewage in Gaza10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Exam of week 435m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Waste management & Hygiene promotion

We focus on a type of solid waste that public health engineers often encounter in humanitarian crises: medical waste. Finally, we discuss the critical issue of behavior change and hygiene promotion in humanitarian crises....
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
A systematic approach to behavior change9m
Medical Waste Management - Part a7m
Medical Waste Management - Part b14m
Conclusion2m
Reading8 readings
Week description and objectives1m
Introduction1m
Further info on solide waste management10m
Hygiene promotion1m
Further reading on hygiene promotion in emergencies15m
Medical waste management1m
Example of medical waste management10m
Summary1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Medical waste mangement worldwide15m
Exam of week 535m
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Top Reviews

By MADec 3rd 2017

This is one of the best courses that provide a clear orientation on objectives and priorities public health engineering in a humanitarian context.

By ANMay 20th 2018

an essential course that equip one with the skill set required to perform emergency task in humanitarian context.

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