Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type



Public Health

Director of Thesis

Dr. Sean Norman

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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