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Graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene


The Certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) is offered through the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at Emory University (CGSW) and aims to train graduate students to be competitive for WASH-related careers. Please be advised, the Graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene is not available for online or distance learning at this time. It is only offered to enrolled RSPH students. The WASH Certificate is not offered as an online course at this time.

Program Competencies

  • Describe the multidisciplinary nature of WASH-related issues;
  • Practice WASH-related laboratory methods;
  • Examine potential solutions for WASH-related challenges at the household and community level;
  • Recognize the role of policy in shaping the WASH landscape;
  • Identify entities working in the WASH sphere; and
  • Students must complete a WASH related practicum. They must also generate WASH-related knowledge through completing a capstone or a thesis. HPM students please contact Kathleen “Kat” Peters, the WASH certificate coordinator at kpeter5@emory.edu, to learn about alternative thesis and capstone requirements.

Program Requirements

Any RSPH student graduating who fulfills the following criteria will be awarded a WASH certificate:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of WASH-related coursework, with at least one methods-related course and one biology-related course, and a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater in all WASH-related courses (see table of WASH-related courses below);
  • Attend two CGSW-sponsored seminars per year (4 total); and
  • Successfully complete a WASH-related capstone or thesis and practicum.

This is a self-guided certificate program. You must undertake the following steps in order to successfully complete the WASH certificate program:

      1. Send an email with your intention to pursue the WASH certificate program as soon as possible to Kat Peters (kpeter5@emory.edu), the WASH certificate coordinator. You will be added to the CGSW listserv which will inform you of upcoming seminars and other WASH-related activities.
      2. Students who plan to use a WASH-related capstone/thesis/practicum that is not supervised by a CGSW faculty or staff member must fill out a Provisional Approval Form and receive approval from Dr. Joanne McGriff, the CGSW Associate Director. Without this provisional approval, there is no guarantee that the capstone/thesis/practicum will fulfill the certificate requirement.
      3. WASH certificate-seeking students who would like to use a non-listed, WASH-related class towards the certificate requirements must apply for provisional approval from Dr. Joanne McGriff. Without this provisional approval, there is no guarantee that the intended class will fulfill the certificate requirement. Please complete a Provisional Course Approval Form and return it to Dr. McGriff.
      4. All students must complete a Declaration Form by the graduating semester: no later than February 15th for spring graduates, July 1st for summer graduates, and September 15th for fall graduates. This form will be used to verify that all of the WASH certificate requirements have been fulfilled. Please submit your Declaration Form to Kat Peters at kpeter5@emory.edu.

WASH-related Courses

WASH Course Summary Sheetupdated 1.23.20

To read more about CGSW Core Faculty click here.




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