Engineering for International Development

Engineering for International Development (EFD) Concentration

This concentration acknowledges coursework and international field experience in the area of engineering for international development that considers issues of sustainability, environment, health, gender, and society. Students must take the following three courses, and must engage in an extended international engineering field experience, which in most cases will form the basis of the Master's thesis.

1) ENV 6510 Sustainable Development Engineering I
Study of applying appropriate and sustainable engineering solutions and technology to control environmental pollutants found in a developing world setting and smaller communities in North America. Concepts of sustainable development are covered. Topics are drawn from several areas of engineering, including water supply, water treatment, water storage, wastewater treatment, materials, solid waste management, construction, and watersheds

2) A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following anthropology courses:
ANG 6766 3 Research Methods in Applied Anthropology
ANG 6730 3 Socio‐cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS
ANG 6469 3 Health, Illness and Culture

3) A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following global public health courses:
PHC 6764 3 Global Health Principles & Contemporary Issues
PHC 6761 3 Global Health Assessment Strategies

Recommended Elective:

CGN 6933 Sustainable Development Engineering II
The purpose of this course to is to help bridge the gap between the appropriate technology focus of ENV6510 (Sustainable Development Engineering I) and the policy and practice of international development in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector. Example topics addressed include WASH in emergency settings, urban WASH, financing, policies, strategies of WASH, project monitoring, the impact of economics and politics, project management, social marketing, monitoring and evaluation, and handing off a finished project. Guest speakers involved in international development projects provide their experience through lectures and participation in panels.

Students engaged in full‐time global training and service as part of the EFD concentration (e.g., in the U.S. Peace Corps, a Non-Governmental Organization, UNESCO-IHE, or equivalent) may register for CST 6990 for 0 credit hours while in their country of service. See the International Development Concentration Website for more information. 

Also, for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, USF Civil and Environmental Engineering is offering a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program. Please see our website for further details.