Berkeley/China/Virginia Tech Program for Water & Health

In 2016, after years of collaboration and planning, the Berkeley Water Center (BWC) at the University of California Berkeley, and the National Center for Rural Water Supply Technical Guidance at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), launched the “Berkeley/China-CDC Program for Water & Health” – a partnership to collaborate on applied research projects and initiatives related to water, health, and the environment in China, the USA, and elsewhere globally.

In 2019, this collaboration was restructured and expanded to include the Chinese Preventative Medicine Association’s (CPMA) “Rural Drinking Water & Environment Professional Committee”, the Chongqing Municipal Center for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Public Health Program at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), as well as the BWC – under the newly named “Berkeley/China/Virginia Tech Program for Water & Health” (BCVPWH).

Working together, these institutes are developing and evaluating new research projects, strategies, and programs for addressing drinking water supply, contamination & treatment, as well as related issues such as sanitation & hygiene, climate change, rural poverty & gender equality, air pollution, and other factors which impact human and environmental health.

In addition, these organizations will continue to host regular conferences and workshops focused on professional exchanges, institutional and technical capacity building, results dissemination, and community outreach.



Learn more about water contamination, environmental health, and some of the primary issues we are focused on.


The Berkeley/China/Virginia Tech Program for Water & Health currently has projects underway, completed, and in the planning stage. See what is happening in this exchange.

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