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Coursera launches health content to train next generation health workers

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15 top ranked universities to launch 100 new health courses, 30 specialisations, and two health degrees

Coursera has launched of their health vertical — a broad portfolio of health content from the world’s top universities curated specifically to help address the acute shortage of skilled workers in the health industry and meet the demands of a digital health economy. The 100 new courses, 30 new specialisations, and two public health-focussed master’s degrees will provide learners with the skills they need to enter high demand jobs, particularly related to health informatics, healthcare management, and public health.

The new specialisations will roll-out through 2019 and will be available for a subscription range of $39 to $79 per month. The two health-focussed master’s degrees from Michigan and Imperial are accepting applications in January.

Coursera and top-ranked partners in health—including Columbia University, Emory University, Imperial College London, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado, University of Michigan and University of Minnesota —are committed to making high-quality content and healthcare education more widely accessible. The new portfolio of content which includes specialisations focussed on biostatistics, population health management, nursing informatics, and social welfare policy is designed to develop or supplement knowledge for those already working in the healthcare space or to provide a path to a career in healthcare.

“I am deeply passionate about driving innovation in healthcare,” said Daphne Koller, Co-Founder of Coursera. “I’m excited to see Coursera and its partners coming together to help realise that potential by providing access to flexible and affordable education options that can help usher in the next generation of healthcare workers in high-demand fields like health informatics, healthcare management, and public health.”

Dean F DuBois Bowman of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. “In partnership with Coursera, the University of Michigan School of Public Health is expanding its efforts to meet these needs through an integrated online Masters of Public Health degree programme. The field of public health will benefit from increased access to prestigious training opportunities, especially for adults who cannot participate in full-time residential programmes.”

Helen Ward, Co-Director of the new Master of Public Health at Imperial College London. “The world needs many more people trained in the science and application of public health to address chronic diseases such as diabetes and dementia, emerging infections, and health impacts of environmental hazards and inequality. Our new degree will help train a new cadre of public health leaders to use scientific approaches and new technologies and apply these to improve health.”

“In response to increasing demands driven by aging populations, healthcare systems around the world are focussed on improving population health and the patient experience, reducing the cost of care, and supporting care team wellbeing,” said Dr Mary Jo Kreitzer, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Earl E Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.

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