2.9. – 1.12.2013

Safe and Sustainable Sanitation

Safe and Sustainable Sanitation
Course Dates: 02.09.2013 - 01.12.2013
Registration Dates: 12.08.2013 - 06.09.2013
Coordinating University: Tampere University of Technology
Coordinator: Professor Tuula Tuhkanen, (current address University of Jyväskylä, tuula.a.tuhkanen(at)jyu.fi)
Instructors at TUT: Dr. Marja Palmroth, assistant Maarit Särkilahti
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: Specialized

Note: Safe and Sustainable Sanitation is starting already Monday September 2nd. Enrolment to the course is free and easy following the link at the end of the page. The first week is introductory, and thus there is no problem to accept new students during the first week.

Course Summary:
Safe and Sustainable Sanitation is a conference based online course that has been realized since 2006. The course focus has changed in accordance with new research and development in dry sanitation sector. Due to several unfortunate events – Haiti, Fukushima, Philippines among others – during last few years and development in emergency sanitation – especially urine diverting – the current course has focus on sanitation in emergency situations.


  • The focus of the course is sanitation in emergency situations. What is a role of sanitation in such circumstances, which are the current practices and technologies in use and how the most vulnerable people as well as ecological sustainability taken into account?
  • In addition, the themes of safety, technical feasibility, socio-economic aspects and ecological sustainability of alternative, non-traditional sanitation are covered during the course.
  • One of the course aims is to provide a channel for sanitation experts and future professionals in different countries to exchange ideas and information.


02.09 –08.09 – Introduction to Safe and Sustainable Sanitation Professor Tuula Tuhkanen – Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology  
09.09 – 15.09 – History of Sanitation Dr. Petri Juuti – School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Tampere University  
16.09 – 22.09 – Health and Safety Dr. Juhani Miettola, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, Univeristy of Eastern Finland  
23.09 – 29.09 – Microbiological risks in water Dr. Gina S. Itchon, Department of Preventive and Community Medicine, Jose P Rizal School of Medicina, Xavier University, Philippines Dr. Ilkka Miettinen, National Institute for Health and Safety 
30.09– 06.10 – Re-use of excreta Dr. C. A. Srinivasa Murthy, Department of Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India  
07.10 – 13.10 – Technological solutions Prof. Joachim Behrendt, Hamburg University of Technology  
14.10 – 20.10 – School break Exam week at the Tampere Univeristy of Technology  
21.10 – 27.10 – Socio-economic aspects related to sanitation Dr. Claudia Wendland – Women in Europe for a Common Future  
28.10 – 03.11 – Water-related chemical risks Professor Tuula Tuhkanen – Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology  
04.11 – 10.11 – Control of risks in drinking water Professor Tuula Tuhkanen – Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology  
11.11 – 17.11 – Risk communication Professor Tom Hatfield, California State University, Northridge, USA  
18.11 – 24.11 – Course wrap-up: Sanitation in Emergencies

Learning methods:
The course is divided into modules lasting 1-2 weeks. Each module consists ofa video lecture and/or reading material and assignment. Assignments include group works, peer reviews of the other students’ work, individually written assignment, quizzes and participation in asynchronous discussions on the course topics.

Study material:
The course is based on the lectures recorded during a workshop "Safe and Sustainable Sanitation in Emergencies” that was held in Tampere, Finland, in August 2012. The workshop was part of the 4th International Dry Toilet Conference events.

Grade 0-5.
Successful completion of all assignments is required to receive credits from the course. All assignments are to be submitted by the due date and count for a certain amount of course points. There are 100 course points in total to be awarded. Assignments submitted late are not marked for course points but can be marked passed with zero points. The course grade is determined following the rule Grade = (Course points – 45) / 10 rounded to a full number. 50 points adds up to a total grade of 1/5 (satisfactory) and 90 points to a grade of 5/5 (excellent).

Additional information:
For further information, please contact (maarit.sarkilahti@tut.fi).

Registration for this course is closed.