Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type



Public Health

Director of Thesis

Dr. Sean Norman

First Reader

Dr. Burke Dial

Second Reader

Dr. Burke Dial


Wastewater surveillance has been used for a variety of purposes but, in recent years, has most notably been utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many universities in the United States used it as a means of monitoring levels of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on their campuses. The University of South Carolina, University of Arizona, and University of North Carolina- Charlotte were three such schools. An analysis of data published by these three schools has been used to synthesize a proposed list of best methods to be used by other universities during the reemergence of SARS-CoV-2 or during the outbreak of a new pathogen. Additionally, factors such as supply chain issues and burnout have been evaluated to determine their effects on laboratory efficiency and the sustainability research projects in the midst of a pandemic.

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