Diploma in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Course Overview:

The Diploma in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a comprehensive six-month program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges in various settings. The course covers essential topics related to water supply management, sanitation systems, hygiene promotion, and water quality assessment. Through a combination of theoretical learning, practical exercises, and fieldwork, students will gain practical insights into WASH project implementation and management. The course concludes with a final exam to assess students’ understanding of WASH principles and their ability to apply these principles to real-world situations.

Module 1: Introduction to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

– Understanding the importance of WASH in public health and sustainable development

– WASH-related diseases and their impact on communities

– Overview of global WASH challenges and initiatives


Module 2: Water Supply Management and Technology

– Water sources and collection methods

– Water treatment processes and technologies

– Water distribution systems and infrastructure

– Community water management and sustainability

Module 3: Sanitation Systems and Practices

– Types of sanitation systems (septic tanks, pit latrines, etc.)

– Sanitation in urban and rural contexts

– Behavioral aspects of sanitation promotion

– Safe fecal sludge management

Module 4: Hygiene Promotion and Behavior Change

– Promoting good hygiene practices in communities and schools

– Behavior change theories and approaches

– Developing effective hygiene promotion campaigns

– Monitoring and evaluating hygiene behavior change

Module 5: Water Quality Assessment and Management

– Water quality parameters and standards

– Water quality testing and monitoring techniques

– Waterborne diseases and their prevention

– Implementing water quality improvement measures

Module 6: WASH Project Implementation and Management

– Planning and designing WASH projects

– Budgeting and resource allocation

– Stakeholder engagement and community participation

– Project monitoring, evaluation, and sustainability


After completing each module, students will be required to undertake practical assignments that apply the concepts learned. These assignments may include designing a WASH project plan, conducting water quality assessments, creating hygiene promotion materials, or developing community engagement strategies.

Final Exam:

The course concludes with a comprehensive final exam that assesses students’ overall understanding of WASH principles and their ability to address real-world WASH challenges.

Why Study this Course:

  1. Global Relevance: Water, sanitation, and hygiene are critical aspects of public health and sustainable development worldwide. By studying this course, you can contribute to improving the living conditions and health of communities, particularly in areas with limited access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
  2. High Demand for WASH Professionals: There is a growing demand for WASH professionals in government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and humanitarian sectors. By obtaining a diploma in WASH, you enhance your employability in these fields.
  3. Positive Social Impact: WASH interventions have a direct and tangible impact on communities, reducing waterborne diseases, improving hygiene practices, and enhancing overall well-being. Studying this course allows you to be part of positive social change.
  4. Career Advancement: For individuals already working in the water and sanitation sector or related fields, this diploma can provide opportunities for career advancement and specialization in WASH management and implementation.
  5. Fieldwork Experience: Many WASH programs involve practical fieldwork and community engagement. This course provides hands-on experience that is valuable for professionals planning to work in the development sector.

Who is this Course for:

  1. Development Practitioners: Professionals working in the development sector, NGOs, or governmental agencies involved in WASH projects and initiatives seeking to deepen their knowledge and enhance their impact.
  2. Public Health Professionals: Individuals with a background in public health who want to focus on water and sanitation issues and play a role in improving health outcomes through WASH interventions.
  3. Environmental and Engineering Professionals: Engineers, environmental scientists, and related professionals interested in applying their expertise to WASH infrastructure planning, design, and management.
  4. Community Workers and Social Workers: Community workers and social workers working in areas with limited access to clean water and sanitation facilities, aiming to address WASH challenges and promote behavior change.
  5. Students and Graduates: Recent graduates or students interested in pursuing a career in the water and sanitation sector and seeking a comprehensive foundation in WASH principles and practices.
  6. Humanitarian Aid Workers: Professionals working in humanitarian aid organizations involved in emergency response and relief efforts, where WASH is a critical component of disaster management.

Course duration: 6 months

Regions Targeted: Global

Courses Fees $750