The Biology of Water and Health – Fundamentals - Open Education ConsortiumedX
What you'll learn on the course
What you'll learn
- Central role of water quality and quantity in health and the effect of a safe water supply on population health
- Why and how different types of waterborne diseases occur, how to treat them, and social justice and policy issues concerning preventing such diseases through provision of safe water sanitation
- Primacy of prevention from a public health perspective and how public health engineering contributes to creating and maintaining a safe water supply
- Lead (Pb) as a selected chemical contaminant in water, how it still poses a threat to human health today, and political and economic challenges with systemic efforts of eliminating it from water
Jeffrey Griffiths MD,MPH,AB,TM Jeffrey K. Griffiths is Professor of Public Health and of Medicine at Tufts University. He holds joint appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He formerly led the programs in Public Health at Tufts and is now the Director of the USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab for Africa. By training he is an infectious diseases physician. He has worked internationally on waterborne diseases and other water-related health issues for more than thirty years, and served as Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water Committee. His research interests include linkages between agriculture, nutrition, and health, and the biology of the waterborne parasite Cryptosporidium.