Flint's water crisis to be subject of free course at U of M Flint

Jan 6, 2016

Flint's switch to Flint River water turned out to be disastrous, leading to elevated blood lead levels in some children in the city.
Credit WNEM-TV

Flint's water crisis will be the subject of a new course at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Students will get one credit for taking the course (and doing assignments); people from the community can take the class for free.

Suzanne Selig directs U of M Flint's Department of Public Health and Health Sciences.

She says the class is a natural fit with the university's mission to be a bridge between academics and the community.

"There was so much information and anxiety about this issue that was coming out on a daily basis," says Selig. "We felt many people had some knowledge about some small aspect of it but not a fuller understanding.  And so we really felt obliged and really driven to provide an opportunity for people to learn more and develop a broader perspective."

The course begins Jan. 21 and will feature expert panelists and class discussion.