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Queen’s University is home to the Beaty Water Research Centre. Equipped with 58 faculty members from 11 departments, the Centre brings together world-class researchers to tackle our most important resource on this planet, water. Start today with this Micromasters program in Water and Global Human Health and unlock advanced standing to future graduate diplomas and master’s degrees at Queen’s.
Water within the environment is often modelled both to fill-in gaps in data as well as to predict future water quality and quantity. This course brings together the different aspects of the hydrologic cycle and introduces several common watershed modelling techniques. Often the models used are considered black boxes where data goes in and answers come out. This course will look inside that black box and provide participants with the skills to dig deeper into understanding the basics of many watershed models used around the world.
Our future, in a world where water resources are under stress with a changing climate, increasingly hungry use of water by humans, and a growing population, will best be served by understanding what interventions and technologies may be employed to ensure sustainability. This course will investigate a number of solutions and interventions to water-related human health impacts. These will include technological and non-technological approaches.
Water plays a critical role in our daily lives. In order to understand the health implications, we must first understand the different ways to measure and describe health. This course is an introduction to human health at the individual and population level. It discusses the many facets of defining health across different localities and cultures. The idea of health vs wellness is investigated. The role of water in driving human health outcomes will then be introduced and discussed.
Humans are vast users of water. From large-scale agriculture to individual domestic use, water resources are being consumed at a tremendous rate. This course investigates the use of water by humans across the globe. The use of water and the impact of that use on existing water resources will be investigated. Climate change is rapidly affecting our understanding of current water resources. This is even more profound when human health is impacted. This course will also look at our changing understanding of water resources and how this is playing a role in the impact of water-resources on human health.
Water that falls on the earth embarks on a journey that imparts on it the qualities of the land forms with which it interacts. It is both influenced and influences the watercourses through which it travels. In keeping with this, the role of water in shaping and molding watercourses will be discussed. Land use and its impact on water will also be examined. This includes the implications of agriculture and urbanization on water movement and quality within a watershed.