D-Lab: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene - Virtual

Understanding water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges and innovations in developing countries and underserved communities worldwide.


Spring 2021 Class Delivery Format

This class will be fully virtual in Spring 2021.


Structured around field-based learning, case studies, lectures, and videos in which teams propose an idea and are mentored through the process of bringing that innovation to fruition.

Emphasizes core WASH and water/environment principles, culture-specific solutions, tools for start-ups, appropriate and sustainable technologies, behavior change, social marketing, building partnerships, and the theory and practice of innovation diffusion.

Guest lectures on specific real-world WASH and water/environment projects which have been disseminated by MIT faculty, students, alumni, and others. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

Course Information

Semester Offered
Lecture Location
Lecture Times
Units (credit hours)
Class Size
30 Students
Course #
11.474 (G) / EC.715