Two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Over half of the human body is water. Water is essential for life, growth, and health. And yet 2.4 million people die every year from water-related disease, and 780 million people lack access to clean water (water.org). Acknowledging the far-reaching implications of the many issues and opportunities around this precious resource, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been leading a three-year academic theme to promote awareness, encourage innovation, and support research related to water. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education invited a few of our top online course authors to share some of their knowledge about water related to their fields of study.

Module 1 icon Module 1: Aridness in the Andes
Author: Amy Mortensen, Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Module 2 icon Module 2: Water and Human Physiology
Authors: Virginia Shea and Marianne Meeker, Cell and Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Module 5 icon Module 3: Streams of Sound—Water and Music in the American South
Author: Chris Wells, Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Module 4 icon Module 4: The International Politics of Water
Author: Lee Foster, Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Module 3 icon Module 5: Water on Mars
Author: Paul Heckert, Astronomy and Physics, Western Carolina University