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Coursera: Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

About this course:

Do you want to learn how to plan affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions? Do you want to be updated on the newest developments in urban sanitation planning and programming? Do you want to get insights about best practices examples of urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries? If yes, this course is for you!

The course starts with an introduction about integrated sanitation planning, dealing with citywide planning as well as with planning for specific contexts such as informal settlements. After presenting different sanitation planning frameworks you will learn about the different systems and technologies – the key terminology and concepts and why systems’ thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation. The course covers the whole sanitation chain providing detailed information about appropriate sanitation systems (e.g. waterless pit-based, decentralized water-based, black water transport). Eawag-Sandec and EPFL jointly offer this course with sanitation experts from the World Bank and WHO.

Statement of Accomplishment: 

This course offers free Statements of Accomplishment (SoA) issued by Eawag. You can earn a SoA by successfully completing the quizzes and the final exam. Please be aware that this SoA is not a paid Course Certificate issued by Coursera & EPFL.


The course has Spanish, Hindi and English subtitles.

MOOC Series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development”: 

This course is one of four in the series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development".

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