This short course explores the links between water, excreta related behaviour, and health and the related technologies that are appropriate in low and middle income communities.

A wholesome water supply and good sanitation are essential for a healthy life.

Poor sanitation is a significant cause of diseases from which millions in low-income countries/communities suffer. Promoting hygiene and sanitary excreta/waste management practice/technology should be an important component of proactive public health development.  

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Identify the principal transmission routes of water and excreta-related diseases,
  • Recognise the disease risks associated with water and excreta-related behaviours,
  • Design a basic programme for hygiene evaluation and promotion,
  • Select and design a sanitation system for a given situation,
  • Evaluate excreta/wastewater management systems and recommend improvements/alternatives.

Core content

  • Health: health and hygiene in developing countries; classification of water- and excreta-related disease; risk behaviours in relation to water-and excreta-related disease; health and hygiene impact assessment; hygiene evaluation and promotion,
  • On-site excreta disposal systems: why they are not used, benefits of their use, pit latrines, VIP latrines, pour-flush latrines, composting latrines, septic tanks, soakage systems, ecological sanitation,
  • Urban sanitation: conventional and low-cost sewerage, cartage; urban drainage; solid waste management,
  • Wastewater treatment: the need for sewage treatment: environmental pollution, health impacts, economic impacts,
  • Conventional sewage treatment,
  • Waste stabilisation ponds,
  • Reed beds.


(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)

£1,340 - Professional/trade association discount

£1,280 - Multiple bookings*
*Minimum of five delegates

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

Further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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