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Courses - Spring 2018
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Every Drop Counts: Water, Food, and Global Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ENSP101 or MIEH300; or permission of department.
Credit only granted for: MIEH333 or ENSP360.
Additional information: This Pilot course is being jointly offered by the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Environmental Science and Policy Program) and the School of Public Health. It is envisioned that when this course is made permanent it will be cross-listed or offered jointly by these two programs.
In-depth interdisciplinary study of the public health issues related to water use for global food production. Topics will include accessibility and availability of safe water for agriculture worldwide, potential microbiological and chemical hazards in agricultural water, alternative water sources such as reclaimed wastewater and return flows, food safety approaches to managing agricultural water, and agricultural influences on surface and groundwater quality. Political, social, and economic factors relating to agricultural water will be addressed, with special focus on regions that are leaders in innovative water management and regions where access to clean water for agriculture is a major challenge. Classes include lectures, discussions, and field-trips.