The Water Institute builds capacity for research and practice on the challenges of water, health and development. We do this in two ways:

  • by reaching out through distance learning to professionals working around the globe, and
  • by strengthening the education of students here at UNC.

Distance Learning

Distance learning is available to any with access to the internet. Our courses focus not just on sharing information on important topics in WaSH, but on building online communities.

View descriptions of our Water Safety Plans course and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for WaSH course currently being offered.

To ask a question about distance learning, please email us as waterinstituteteaching@unc.edu.


Learning at UNC

We provide education and training in water, health and development through the UNC system. We work within the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of the Gillings School of Global Public Health. All degree programs in which we teach are described here and the details about applying are available here.

Helpful tips on writing research papers from the Director of The Water Institute at UNC Dr. Jamie Bartram are available here.

Undergraduate students

The School of Public Health offers Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree programs, and a subset of these undergraduates pursue studies in WaSH. Students typically apply to the School of Public Health in the second semester of their sophomore year for fall admission the following academic year. More information for current UNC students on admission to the BSPH program may be found here.

Graduate students

All applicants to the MS, MSEE, MSPH and PhD programs must officially apply through The Graduate School at UNC. Of special interest is the newly restructured one year Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, a non-research, public health-oriented terminal degree intended for students interested in careers in environmental engineering practice.


Post-Doctoral Researchers

Post-doctoral researchers drive much of the research agenda at the Water Institute. General information is available at the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Please see our job openings page for a list of post-doctoral research opportunities.