With leading interdisciplinary research, we’re addressing the global challenge of providing water and sanitation services to those in need
Our Overarching Goal
ReWASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) aims to provide cohorts of graduate students with transdisciplinary training and experiences that will allow them to: obtain, understand, evaluate, and disseminate information about sanitation and water issues; as well as design and evaluate interventions, programs, and technical solutions to sanitation and water infrastructure to serve and in partnership with underserved communities in the US and globally.
ReWASH students will build convergent knowledge at the leading edge of interdisciplinary research to address the global challenge of providing water and sanitation services in assistance and partnership with communities, especially underserved populations.
ReWASH students will rethink and re-focus solutions that can serve the more than 60 million people in the US that rely on decentralized on-site sanitation, the 8% of the US population that is served by small drinking water systems and private wells, and the billions in low and medium-income countries without access to improved water and sanitation.
Making A Difference
Globally, 2.2 billion people (or 29% of the world population) did not use a safely managed drinking water service in 2015, and 844 million people still lacked a basic drinking water service. One out of every three people (2.3 billion) lacked even a basic sanitation service, and almost .9 billion still practice open defecation. WHO shows that the fecal waste of 4.2 billion people is discharged into the environment without proper treatment. About 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated with fecal matter. Inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene is responsible for over 800,000 deaths from diarrhea per year,
and is likely the cause of one-third to two-thirds of the global burden of undernutrition. Inadequate water supply and sanitation is estimated to be directly responsible for global economic losses of $260 billion per year. ReWASH students will rethink and re-focus solutions that can serve the more than 60 million people in the US that rely on decentralized on-site sanitation, the 8% of the US population that is served by small drinking water systems and private wells, and the billions in low and medium-income countries without access to improved water and sanitation.
Students will graduate with a degree in an academic program with strong expertise in their specialty with interdisciplinary training and hands-on research and experience. The ReWASH training program emphasizes deep knowledge in related disciplines, collaborative interdisciplinary research skills, field experience conducting research within a community in the US or abroad, and practical professional development. Our team includes engineers, public health scientists, and social scientists to enable students to hone skills in their field of interest.
Our Involved Core Faculty
We are so fortunate to have faculty from a wide variety of disciplines to lead our training and research. Knowledge from epidemiology, economics, environmental and civil engineering, social sciences and public health sciences will ensure students are well versed in an abundance of applicable fields.