Online Post Graduate Diploma in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

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Course Background

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) plays an important role in not only promoting health among communities but also improving the quality of life of individuals and communities as a whole. WASH programmes have continuously experienced challenges of sustainability especially in third world countries as well as developing countries. Communities are increasingly being exposed to a myriad of public health hazards and risks. Thus, WASH forms a key part of many humanitarian response programmes. HumanitarianGlobal.com has worked closely with experts in this field to develop a detailed Online PGD Programme that offers extensive knowledge and information resources about this practice area.

Course Objectives

  • Understand WASH practices in emergencies
  • Gain understanding about Sphere standards
  • Learn more about pumping equipment
  • Understand about both the sanitation hardware and software systems and concepts.
  • Gain knowledge about sanitation in different contexts
  • Get to understand more about hygiene and disease transmission.
  • Gather knowledge about hygiene behavior change.
  • Learn more about hygiene promotion management, epidemics management and global annual events

Course Outline

1.0 Module 1 – Water Supply in Emergencies

1.1 Intervention Context

1.2 Sphere Standards – Part 1

1.3 Sphere Standards – Part 2

1.4 Considerations for Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD)

Module 1 Assignment Questions

2.0 Module 2 – Pumping Equipment

2.1 Hand Pumps

2.2 Centrifugal Pumps

2.3 Hydraulic Ramp Pump

2.4 Energy Sources

Module 2 Assignment Questions

3.0 Module 3 – Sanitation Hardware Systems and Concepts

3.1 Basic Concepts of Sanitation

3.2 Sanitation Options

3.3 Desludging 0f Pits and Septic Tanks

3.4 Reuse-Oriented Sanitation Technologies

Module 3 Assignment Questions

4.0 Module 4 – Sanitation Software Systems and Concepts

4.1 Sanitation Ladder

4.2 Sanitation Related Behavior Change

4.3 Sanitation Marketing

4.4 Sanitation Approaches (CHAST, PHAST & CLTS)

Module 4 Assignment Questions

5.0 Module 5 – Sanitation in Different Contexts

5.1 Sanitation in Schools

5.2 Sustainable Sanitation

5.3 Sanitation in Emergencies

5.4 Sanitation Link of Health, Nutrition, Agriculture & Food Security

Module 5 Assignment Questions

6.0 Module 6 – Hygiene & Disease Transmission

6.1 Disease Transmission Routes & The F-Diagram

6.2 Hygiene Perspectives at Household Level

6.3 Hygiene Perspectives at Community Level

6.4 Hygiene Promotion

Module 6 Assignment Questions

7.0 Module 7 – Hygiene Behavior Change

7.1 Principles and Components of Behavior Change Programs

7.2 Risks, Attitudes, Norms, Abilities and Self-Regulation (Ranas)

7.3 Health Belief Model (HBM)

7.4 Communication for Behavioral Impact (COMBI)

Module 7 Assignment Questions

8.0 Module 8 – Hygiene Promotion Management, Epidemics Management and Global Annual Events

8.1 Handwashing Management

8.2 Menstrual Hygiene Management

8.3 Cholera Epidemic & Other Epidemics Management

8.4 Global Annual Events

Module 8 Assignment Questions

Final Exam Questions

Target Group

This programme targets the following professionals:

Development workers, managers, education officers, public health and heads responsible for hygiene, environmentalists, donor agencies, NGOs, governmental organizations, managers and leaders in community-based organizations as well as anyone who is seeking to enhance their professional skills in WASH practice.

Programme Delivery

This programme is offered in a duration of 12 months with end of module assignments being scheduled on a monthly basis. In the last quarter of the learning period, the student will be required to undertake a real project which aims at assessing implementation of learnt skills and concepts in a real work environment before proceeding to sit for a final exam in the final month. The delivery of this programme is purely online where the participant will be granted an access to an e-learning platform. The content of this programme will be in form of interactive video tutorials, pdf manual and PowerPoint presentation slides which have been prepared by world’s best WASH experts. Online support on the learning platform is offered on a 24/7 basis while ensuring that our team of facilitators offer guidance and academic support to the participant at all times.

Why Choose HumanitarianGlobal.com

  • A reliable e-learning platform supporting learning on the go
  • Interactive learning materials
  • Flexible learning experience
  • World-class learning infrastructure
  • Course Moderator is always on standby to support participants throughout their study
  • Build Successful Networks
  • Expert faculty with vast experience


The intake of this programme is in progress and the participants can study at their own pace without being confined to a predefined schedule. Kindly visit our website for more details on registration or write us an email using the email address provided below.

Website: Humanitarianglobal.com

Email Address: Info@humanitarianglobal.com

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