Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Lisa Casanova

Second Advisor

Christine Stauber


INTRODUCTION: The World Health Organization has a published collection of Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. These Guidelines are the outcome of the input of various experts in this subject matter from all over the world. This capstone project focuses on providing updated data for three specific viruses: Coronaviruses, Orthomyxoviruses and Filoviruses.

AIM:The project aims to provide updated general descriptions, overviews on human health effects, background on specific epidemiology, transmission, environmental significance and control measures for Coronaviruses, Orthomyxoviruses and Filoviruses. This information will be presented in a way that is consistent with the fact sheets that are already published in the collection.

METHODS:Relevant information for each subsection of the virus outlines was obtained through searches within online databases. The search engines used were PubMED, The Georgia State University Library, and GoogleScholar. To ensure that the most recent data for each virus was found, only information within a 15-20-year time frame was cited. Search terms initially remained broad to ensure that applicable data was not overlooked and was gradually condensed to remain consistent with the information provided in other fact sheets in the collection.

RESULTS: The information provided from these factsheets will be synthesized from the literature review and will be presented in language accessible to a variety of audiences.

DISCUSSION: The WHO identifies the primary purpose of the Guidelines for Drinking Water as the “protection of Public Health”. With the data provided in these fact sheets, the public can make informed decisions regarding the maintenance of potable drinking water and controlling these three specific viruses that affect drinking water.