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This course is provided by the University of Geneva through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: Accessible anytime, unlimited access. Self-paced course. 

Course Objective

Ce cours est co-produit par l'Université de Genève (UNIGE) et l'Université Numérique Francophone des Sciences du Sport et de la Santé (UNF3S).

Il est proposé en partenariat avec :

L'Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

This course is provided by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through Coursera for FREE.  

Duration: 5.5 hours, self-paced course, accessible anytime. 

Course Objective

Often called “the cornerstone” of public health, epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations and the application of that study to control health problems. By applying the concepts learned in this course to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to real life and makes for a better appreciation of public health programs and policies. This course explores public health issues like cardiovascular and infectious diseases – both locally and globally – through the lens of epidemiology.

This course is provided by University of Copenhagen through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 6 weeks, 13 April to 24 May 2015

Course Objective

The course takes its starting point in the belief that good health is intimately linked with personal happiness, productivity, the economic and social development of nations and the advancement of people. 

Globalization processes influence the health of individuals, societies and the function of health systems in many ways and may present opportunities but may also pose a risk to vulnerable societies. Throughout this course presentations will transcend the perspectives of individual countries and will critically discuss how global mega-trends and different sectors of society influence the health of population. Transition in health and the drivers of such transition will be core elements of this course.  

During the four first course weeks we will explore a range of themes, including: communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, child health, reproductive health and rights, and health among refugees and displaced populations. We focus on the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable disease experienced by much of the world’s population today.

As the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) nears, course participants will also reflect on the post-MDG agenda by exploring the future of global health and trends in technical innovation, global strategies and programs in the fight for better health. Through lectures, readings, and assignments, course participants will be asked to think critically about the health of the world’s population and to reflect on overcoming the challenges of achieving good health around the world. 

This course is provided by Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 6 weeks, 13 April to 24 May 2015

Course Objective

In light of recent outbreaks of infectious diseases and new developments in immunizations, everyone from parents to policy-makers have questions about vaccines. What's actually in a vaccine? Are vaccines effective? Are they safe?  Should a society require that all citizens get certain vaccines?

In this course, Dr. Paul Offit will tackle these questions and more. We will explore the history, science, and debate behind vaccines.  We'll trace the development of vaccines over the past two and a half centuries, and describe methods for the attenuation of various viruses and bacteria. We'll discuss the benefits of vaccines in the United States and around the world, and we'll also explore the risks, both real and perceived, associated with vaccines. We'll look at how the media shapes the conversation about vaccines and some controversies that surround them, specifically that vaccines cause autism, multiple sclerosis, neurodevelopmental delays, diabetes or other chronic problems. The focus throughout the course will be on research and real-world examples and the discussion will conclude with an update on newly created vaccines and recent outbreaks of previously controlled diseases.

Dr. Offit is an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

For additional information about vaccines, the Vaccine Education Center, or its program for parents, called Parents PACK, please visit:

This course is provided by Utrecht University through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 3 weeks, March 30 to April 17 2015

Course Objective

March 2014 marked the starting point of the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. Although the disease seems to be on a decrease, we are not there yet and new outbreaks will surely emerge. New efforts to combat the outbreak are necessary. This is why we developed this online course about Ebola, targeted at health professionals across the world.

In this course you will cover the fundamental knowledge any health professional should have with expected or confirmed cases or a general interest in the Ebola disease. You will discuss the epidemiology of the disease, its  pathophysiology and transmission, the clinical presentation including differential diagnosis and confirmation of disease. You will also discuss the general therapeutic approach to the care of Ebola suspected or confirmed patients and discuss the novel vaccine and drug developments.

As the Ebola crisis continues to rage through the affected areas, we need health professionals like yourself to be informed and involved. We look very much forward to welcoming you to the course coming March.

This course is developed in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Amsterdam, the University Medical Center Utrecht (Julius Center/Julius Global Health), Elevate Health, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Lion Heart Foundation.

This course is provided by Osaka University through eDx for FREE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, starting in April 2015

Course Objective

This course will provide fundamental knowledge in immunology as well as some advanced topics from cutting-edge research results, such as cancer immunotherapy and novel vaccine development.
Immunity is the body’s system of protection from attack by pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Immunology has a long history, and researchers around the world faced with the “enemies of human life” have solved numerous immunological mysteries, and contributed to a paradigm shift in immunology. Nonetheless, it is as yet unknown how certain diseases like AIDS, influenza and allergies can be completely conquered. The latest immunological research is revealing that immunity is also strongly correlated with an increasing number of other diseases such as cancer, arteriosclerosis and diabetes. If we could fully understand the mechanism of immunity, we should be able to treat such diseases. We would like to introduce basic knowledge of immunology revealed by past research and share our insights on the latest findings with you for the future development of immunology.
During this course you will learn the mechanisms of the immune system and deepen your understanding of forefront immunology research and development of medical applications.  We especially encourage young people who are interested in life-science and immunology to join this course, as it will assist consideration of immunology research as a career.
The part one of the course consists of 5 lectures of about 90 minutes each.
The first week covers introductory subjects and specific topics follow from the second week.
Program :
Week 1. Introduction: Overview of immunology
Week 2. Innate immunity
Week 3. Acquired immunity 1
Week 4. Acquired immunity 2
Week 5. Mucosal immunology

This online course is provided by the University of Michigan through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 2 February to 2 May 2015

Course Objective 

This course is multidisciplinary, drawing on knowledge from the natural and social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and various professions including medicine and social work.  The course deals with a wide range of subjects from the biology of HIV and the medical treatment of AIDS to the politics, economics, and sociology of a world-wide epidemic.  We also discuss activism, artistic creation in the midst of a terrible disaster, and complex phenomena of sexuality, class, religion, global politics, and culture as they bear on HIV and AIDS.

The core idea of this course is that diseases cannot generally be understood simply as biological/medical entities.  Economics, politics, culture, social patterns, law, issues of justice are all factors that affect the nature of a disease, its appearance in populations, and the health outcomes of its victims.  This is especially true for HIV/AIDS. 

The schedule of topics will be described in our weekly announcements.  Here is a summary: 

  • Memories of the early years of the epidemic
  • Narratives from HIV-positive people
  • Treating HIV infections; caring for HIV-positive people
  • The responses of four national presidents to the crisis
  • The transmission of HIV, sexually and non-sexually
  • The feminization of the epidemic
  • HIV and the law
  • Testing for HIV
  • Prevention
  • Vaccine and cure research

This course is provided by Karolinska University through eDx for FREE.

Duration: 6 weeks, starting on 22 April 2015

Course Objective

KIeHealthX will introduce students to the field of eHealth and its opportunities and challenges. During the course you will get to know the different concepts that are used in the field and learn how it developed historically. This basic knowledge will help you to understand the opportunities and challenges of the field. You will meet different stakeholders from various countries and get to know their views on the opportunities and challenges of eHealth. We will introduce you to eHealth strategies and frameworks for developing and analyzing them. You will get to know methods for eHealth service development and discuss basic requirements that are necessary to achieve sustainable eHealth applications for both clinical professionals and patients.

You will see examples of eHealth applications in different contexts and for different users. We will discuss questions such as:

  • What is it that is so unique about the health sector?
  • What factors are important - to avoid failures when implementing eHealth?
  • What are usable tools for care professionals?
  • How can patients best organize and use their own health data to improve their condition?

eHealth is a global issue but successful eHealth implementation is very dependent on the local context. At the end of the course you will have a basic understanding what eHealth is and how to set up eHealth strategies and discuss them in your specific context. You will also get to know success factors and pitfalls for the development of sustainable eHealth services and their implementation. 

This course is offered by University of Toronto through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 5 weeks,  starting 2 March 2015

Course Objective

Death 101 enables students to investigate health problems affecting large populations – the whole world in fact! By understanding the big numbers in global mortality and their causes and distributions, this course teaches you to think numerically about global health. We use real data from real people to ask the questions: What are the major causes of death in the world? Why do we need cause of death statistics? How does counting the dead help the living? Death 101 is designed for MOOC students and is built for online learning.
We begin with an historical perspective on global mortality and end with a hopeful look toward future trends. In between, you will learn about the avoidability of death prior to old age, mortality rates, specific diseases such as HIV, malaria, childhood conditions, chronic diseases, and risk factors such as smoking. Death 101 will help you use population statistics to understand how rapid gains in health are possible.

This online course is provided by John Hopkins University through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: April to May 2015

Course Objective

In bringing about behavior change in public health, we often focus on the individual mother, student, or farmer. We should not forget the community structure and norms constrain for encouraging individual health behaviors. This course examines the community context of the changes needed to promote the public’s health. We begin by examining the various definitions of ‘community’ and the processes by which we ‘diagnose’ or seek to understand the structure and characteristics of different types of communities. An appreciation of community similarities and differences is necessary lest we fall into the trap of designing one-size-fits-all interventions. We need to recognize that no matter that outsiders may view a community as poor or neglected, we can find strengths and capacities for improvement in each community. Identifying community capacities and resources is the first step in facilitating community change. Different practical and philosophical approaches to change and therefore, examined. Specific to the change process is our recognition of the need for communities to participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of any intervention. We examine the concept of participation in an effort to see how different levels of involvement may affect sustainability of community change efforts. Finally a case study of a community participatory approach to onchocerciasis control in Africa is presented. Community Directed Intervention has subsequently been successfully applied to providing other essential primary health care services by and in the community, such as insecticide treated bednets, malaria treatment, vitamin A distribution, deworming medicines, and pneumonia and diarrhea case management. 

This online course is provided by UNSW Australia through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: April 13 to July 22, 2015

Course Objective

Personalised medicine.  Precision medicine. Individualised medicine. Customised medicine. Targeted medicine. Even bespoke medicine!  All buzzwords of recent years that equally excite, confuse and infuriate the public, researchers and healthcare professionals. What does it all mean, and why should you care?

Broadly speaking, these terms all refer to the idea of tailoring treatment to individual patients based on their genetic code. But is this actually happening, and what are the consequences of this shift in thinking?

The last 10 years have yielded significant and rapid advances in our understanding of the human genome. The impact on human health and clinical practice is already being widely felt. 

This course will discuss both the benefits and controversies surrounding the genetic revolution as it relates to modern medicine and its impact on society. The promise of personalised medicine will likely yield significant benefits for patients, yet raises a number of serious ethical and legal issues for health professionals, patients and the community. 

You will learn how genetic testing is currently used to guide treatment across diseases including cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and mental health, and infectious disease. You will also explore the power of genetics to impact disease prevention and diagnosis, and the social, legal, political and ethical implications of this new knowledge.

This online course is provided by UNSW Australia through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: April to June 2015

Course Objective

How can managers and leaders respond effectively to patient, client and community concerns and demands, while managing a highly skilled and mobile workforce, all within organisational, regulatory, budgetary and political constraints? 

This course will look at these questions from the perspective of healthcare leaders and managers, practitioners and patients, and consider what the latest theory, practice and opinion leaders tell us about how to ensure a safe, efficient and equitable healthcare service.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify current challenges for healthcare services around the world and discuss the importance of effective management and leadership in relation to these issues
  • discuss the emergence of management theories and their application to the health workforce
  • outline leadership models and approaches and their use within the healthcare context
  • review and reflect on health management competencies and consider their implications for your own practice
  • compare tools and strategies to enhance organisational and workforce capacity
  • examine the role of diverse, inter-professional teams in the delivery of safe high quality healthcare
  • analyse and apply a range of approaches to management and leadership of individuals and teams within healthcare
  • evaluate strategies for creating just and ethical workplaces.

This online course is provided by Duke University through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: January 26 to March 9, 2015

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the key challenges, issues, and concepts of Global Health. As global citizens, we all play a role in creating better health outcomes in the world.  Step 1 in this process is gaining and sharing knowledge.  
In this course we will
- analyze the current global burden of disease and its complex causes.
- survey the major health challenges around the world
 -examine strategies and solutions to address these challenges
- investigate the future of global health and the role you can play
Throughout the course, you will be watching videos, taking in-video tests, reading fascinating case studies, engaging in discussions with students from all over the world and from Duke University. I will also be sharing with you some videos and photographs from my travels that illustrate some of the challenges we face as a global village.

This online course is provided by University of Michigan through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: February 2 to May 16, 2015

Course Objective

After completing this course, learners will:

1. Understand educational theory as it relates to health professions education

2. Match instructional methods with desired educational outcomes

3. Learn a variety of applied teaching techniques

4. Share successful teaching strategies

This online course is provided by Lund University through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: February 23 to April 5, 2015

Course Objective

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are issues of global concern. Sexuality and reproduction are core aspects of human existence, and shape the lives of people in all parts of the world. As conditions change, for example through globalization and socio-economic development, new challenges and opportunities emerge.

In this course, we will introduce you to some of the main themes in SRHR today – Youth Sexuality and Health, Contraception and Fertility, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health, and Violence in Sexual and Reproductive Contexts. We will examine both underlying issues and questions that are relevant all over the world, as well as challenges that occur in specific settings.

You will meet our international team of faculty members and experts, who will highlight the dynamics and challenges inherent in these themes by examining them within the context of current global policy issues, such as sustainability, gender equality, social justice, democracy/participation, and the rights perspective. You will also get a unique opportunity to explore and discuss the course themes with fellow participants from around the world.

Selected lectures and seminars will be given by our international team of faculty members, who have worked with and lectured on SRHR issues within a broad range of contexts. The course is led by Anette Agardh and Jerker Liljestrand from the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, Sweden. 

This online course is provided by John Hopkins University through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: January 28 to March 5, 2015

Course Objective

Two of the most inspiring, least understood, and most often derided terms in global health discourse are “Health for All” and “Primary Health Care.” In this course, we will explore these terms in the context of global health, their origins and meanings, the principles upon which they rest, and examples of how these principles have been implemented both at small scale as well as at large scale. We will also explore some ultra-low-cost approaches to Health for All through primary health care and the promise that primary health care holds for eventually achieving Health for All. 

The course consists of six one-hour lectures with readings and opportunities for discussions among those taking the course and interactions with the professor.

This online course is provided by University of New Mexico through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: February 2 to March 30, 2015

Course Objective

The care of populations in remote and frontier areas requires an expanded understanding of the geographical elements, situational factors, and the unique issues that occur when resources are scarce, distant, or culturally inappropriate. We will identify what constitutes the definition of rural nursing, and what kinds of needs are presented by individuals and populations living in rural communities. Historical, geographical, cultural, and systems challenges to the provision of nursing care will be explored, and approaches to overcoming barriers to support the development of healthy communities in rural areas will be presented. Students will identify a rural or frontier area in which they are either currently practicing or expect to practice, and using elements from the course, design a program, policy, or intervention to address the specific health care needs of the population in that area.

This online course is provided by University of Manchester through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: April 13 to May 29, 2015

Course Objective

It is understandable that most of us consider our health care as something provided to us as an individual by other individuals or teams, for example our doctor, midwife, nurse or dentist. But in this short course we wish to introduce to you a different perspective, that of population health.

Our starting premise is that having an understanding of health from a population level can enable people to make better decisions about their own health care and can also enable health workers to make better decisions about individuals and populations within their care.

The course is led by Aneez Esmail, a general practitioner and professor from The University of Manchester, UK. Together, he and Dr Katie Reed, the Faculty eLearning lead, developed the course with contributions from a number of other academic and technical staff from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

This online course is provided by University of Texas of Austin through eDx for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited. This course has ended but course archive is available at eDx

Course Objective

Everyone gets sick. Thanks to medical innovations in the past 50 years, many diseases and conditions have been either mitigated or even cured through medicine. How does a research innovation turn into a therapeutic medicine that health care providers prescribe to patients? This course explores the process, challenges and issues in developing pharmaceutical products. Drug development is a dynamic field where innovation and entrepreneurship are necessary to keep up with health care expectations, strict regulations and tightening development budgets. An overview of drug development, approval, and consumer issues will be presented and discussed in the context of research practices, science, marketing, public welfare and business. Participants from all backgrounds and interest, including scientists, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and the general public, are encouraged to participate.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

This is an online course provided by Rice University through eDx for FREE. 

Duration: 4 weeks, starts on 5 May 2015

Course Objective

Medicine is in the midst of a shift never before seen. Information and technology are advancing at rates faster than our ability to adapt. These changes, along with social forces such as the health 2.0 movement, are redefining the role of the doctor and patient. But we are effectively unprepared to deal with what lies ahead.
Medicine in the Digital Age will map out the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare in the networked age. We will explore the role of social media in healthcare communication, the uses of wearable technologies, the potential for big data to reshape health behaviors, the ethics of personalized medicine, and the impact of these new developments on the doctor-patient relationship.  Participants will gain an understanding of the connected health revolution and tools to critically analyze this evolving ecosystem. Medicine in the Digital Age will launch a fresh conversation about what the future of medicine should be, and how we should get there.
This course will be structured around 4 core questions:

  1. How has technology changed the world of healthcare?
    How has access to information and the democratization of media created the environment for a new generation of engaged patients?
  2. How does this relate to doctors?
    As medicine has become individualized, networked, real-time and mobile, how has this changed the role of the doctor?
  3. How does this relate to patients?
    How has the patient’s relationship with information changed the relationship with the MD? What can we do to better engage patients with digital health tools?
  4. What does the future of medicine look like and how will we get there?
    How can healthcare stakeholders not only keep up with, but also shape the future of medicine? How can and should we fashion our institutions and facilities to best meet the needs of the coming digital patient and provider?

Medicine in the Digital Age is designed for leaders in healthcare and allied industries looking to accelerate digital innovation in their organizations. Course participants who are looking to get up to speed on the transformations reshaping medicine today will uncover an exciting new world of opportunities and a vision for engagement. Participants who are already involved with digital health will find a unique opportunity to advance their thinking through high-level dialogue with a robust global community of innovators.

This course will offer participants an engaging, never-before-seen view of medicine and healthcare. A rich media experience will be supported by thoughtful assessments, provocative projects, and instructor engagement. At the end of the course, participants will have the vision and the knowledge to lead their organizations into the future of digital medicine.

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