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Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation

Programmes Objective

The programme in water supply and Environmental Sanitation aims at training participants with diverse backgrounds from Ghana and other African countries for careers in sanitation and waste management. This is to enable them play essential roles in government institutions and the private sector for sustained water supply and sanitation delivery. The participants after completion will be equipped to plan, design, operate and manage water supply and sanitation delivery.

The objective of this course is to train the technical personnel of the Metropolitan, Municipal authorities and graduates who want to pursue a career in municipal engineering to acquire skills and knowledge on integrated sanitation, environmental quality and waste treatment planning and designs, operation and maintenance.  At the end of the programme the students would be able to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Develop and manage training programme to retain and improve human resources for sanitation and waste management,
  • Develop skills for technical assessment, evaluation and communication
  • Plan and manage projects in the relevant field of expertise,
  • Make managerial decisions based on analytical methods and tools for sanitation and waste management,
  • Have a good appreciation and understanding of the relevant environmental laws, policies and professional ethics,
  • Develop an in-depth technical knowledge in the area of practiced in order to improve operational efficiencies,

Target Groups and Employment Opportunities

The course targets young and mid-career professionals in sanitation and waste management, and environment quality. It is expected to benefit individuals working and seeking to work with organisations such as:

  1. Metropolitan and Municipal authorities
  2. Community Water and Sanitation organization
  3. Water companies
  4. Consulting firms, manufacturing and mining industries;
  5. Ministerial departments (especially the Ministry of Local Government
  6. Research institutes, tertiary institutions, and NGOs.

 Programme Modules


Module Name

Course  Name



Introduction to Environmental Sanitation


Integrated Water Resources Management

Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Planning

Applied Hydraulics in soil and water systems

Urban Hydrology and Urban Drainage



Mathematics and Research Methods


Applied Statistics, Operations  Research & Systems Analysis

Data management, GIS and Spatial Planning

Research Methods &  Scientific  communication





Environmental Science  and Process Technology 

Environmental Microbiology 

Environmental Chemistry

Unit Processes and Operations


Environmental Quality

Environmental Impact and Risks Assessment

Water Quality Management and Public Health



Sanitation and Waste Management


Wastewater  Management 

Solid Waste Management

On-Site Sanitation technologies

Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management



Water Supply


Source Water Development

Advance Water Treatment

Water Distribution Modeling


Management and Institutions


Community Participation and Institutional Development

Project Management

Engineering Economy and Financial Management



Project Designs


Group Project

One month internship


MSc Thesis

Individual Research Thesis