Environmental Management in Developing Countries

Module aims

  • Gain insight and understanding of the inter-relationships between water, wastes and health in developing countries. 
  • Examine the issues of tropical public health, and study an introduction to epidemiology and water-borne, insect-borne and helminth diseases and their control in relation to water supply, sanitation and irrigation.
  • Consider impacts of air pollution. Particular topics include the choice of water source and its protection, low-cost water treatment, distribution and storage, planning and design of low-cost sanitation, effluent re-use, and waste management and disposal in environmentally developing countries.
  • Provide examples of field practice and case studies.
  • Cover a broad range of multidisciplinary subject fields relevant to environmental management in developing countries.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the problems and challenges of water, waste and environmental management in developing countries and the potential impacts on human health and environmental quality.
  • Identify and evaluate appropriate technologies and management practices for potable water supply and treatment, and wastewater management in environmentally developing countries at different scales.
  • Understand the fundamental epidemiology of water-related diseases and to critically evaluate appropriate engineering and management control strategies.
  • Critically examine options and strategies to alleviate health and environmental impacts associated with the disposal of solid waste in developing countries.

Module syllabus

Topics 

Staff 

Introduction 

Prof M. Templeton 

Water and health in developing countries  

Invited lecturer 

Water and health in developing countries 

Invited lecturer 

Water supply and treatment 

Prof M. Templeton 

Low cost sanitation  

Invited lecturer 

Stormwater drainage in developing countries  

Invited lecturer 

Sustainable waste management in developing countries  

Invited lecturer 

Sustainable waste management in developing countries 

Invited lecturer 

Land use management and water 

Invited lecturer 

Teaching methods

The course is delivered in the spring term as a set of 9 lectures.

Assessments

Information will be provided separately.

Reading list

Module leaders

Professor Michael Templeton