Course Spotlight

Coursera Launches a Healthcare Vertical, New Health Online Courses

By Denton Zhou | Published February 12, 2019

Last month, Coursera and its university partners launched a new Health vertical, including some 100 courses and 30 Specializations rolling out in the coming months.

It’s a timely initiative. Demand for healthcare workers is expected to surge in the coming decade, fueled by an aging population, increasing incidence of chronic disease, and a resurgence in untreatable ones. By 2030, we’ll need 130 million healthcare workers, up from the 130 million we have today, according to an estimate by McKinsey [PDF].

With its new vertical and online courses, Coursera hopes to make cutting-edge healthcare education more accessible.

To help you navigate these new resources, we’ve created a list of courses in this Health vertical below. We’ll update this list over time, so be sure to bookmark this page.

Partnering with leading universities

In total, Coursera has partnered with 15 leading universities to launch its health initiative. These include top-ranking institutions like Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Imperial College London, University of Michigan, University of Colorado, and University of Minnesota.

These institutions have a tradition of leading innovation in healthcare. They continue to do so here. The affordable online courses and content they produce here will help train a new generation of healthcare workers at scale.

On-ramps to a career in healthcare

Although demand for healthcare workers will surge, already there are shortages. Significant skill gaps exist in fields like Public Health, Health Management, and Health Informatics. Meanwhile, roles in Bioinformatics, Hospital Administration, Healthcare Management, Research, Policy, and Community Health Coordination remain unfilled in the face of a talent shortage.

Many of the online courses created for the Health vertical are meant to help fill these gaps. Learners may use them to prepare for a career in these fields. Moreover, they can also expect to equip themselves with in-demand skills without committing to a full-time program. Most of these courses are online-only and provide flexibility around demanding schedules.

Online Courses in the Health vertical

We’ve collected the courses we discussed in this article here so you can easily enroll in them now. You can also save these courses for later in your list or set email reminders for yourself on OpenCourser.

1

Social Policy for Social Services & Health Practitioners

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from Columbia University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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2

Systems Biology and Biotechnology

Cost: see details | A 6-course Specialization from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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3

Statistical Analysis with R for Public Health

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Imperial College London

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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4

Patient Safety

Cost: see details | A 7-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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5

Biostatistics in Public Health

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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6

Genomic Data Science

Cost: see details | A 8-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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7

Foundations of Global Health

Cost: see details | A 6-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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8

Health Informatics

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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9

Healthcare Trends for Business Professionals

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Northeastern University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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10

Fundamentals of Immunology

Cost: see details | A 3-course Specialization from Rice University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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11

Spanish for Successful Communication in Healthcare Settings

$49 | A 5-week course from Rice University & Coursera

Last started January 2019; next session starts February 25, 2019

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12

Healthcare Organization Operations

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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13

Health Information Literacy for Data Analytics

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of California, Davis

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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14

Bioinformatics

Cost: see details | A 7-course Specialization from University of California San Diego

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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15

Become an EMT

Cost: see details | A 6-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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16

Clinical Data Science

Cost: see details | A 6-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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17

Newborn Baby Care

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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18

School Health for Children and Adolescents

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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19

Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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20

Anatomy

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Michigan

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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21

Solving the Opioid Crisis Teach-Out

Free | A 0-week course from University of Michigan & Coursera

Last started January 2019; next session TBD

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22

Healthcare Marketplace

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Minnesota

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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23

Nursing Informatics Leadership

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Minnesota

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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24

Integrative Health and Medicine

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Minnesota

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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25

The Business of Health Care

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Pennsylvania

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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26

Foundations of Positive Psychology

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Pennsylvania, Yale University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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Transform Healthcare with Data Science

“Data is transforming the way that healthcare is managed and delivered. From genomics to bioinformatics, learn how to leverage data to help prevent epidemics, cure diseases, and cut down healthcare delivery costs.”

27

Nursing Informatics Leadership

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Minnesota

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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28

Biostatistics in Public Health

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

29

Health Information Literacy for Data Analytics

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of California, Davis

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

30

Clinical Data Science

Cost: see details | A 6-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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31

Health Informatics

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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32

Statistical Analysis with R for Public Health

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Imperial College London

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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33

Bioinformatics

Cost: see details | A 7-course Specialization from University of California San Diego

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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Lead and Manage Healthcare Systems

“Healthcare coordination is becoming more complex due to healthcare policy changes, demographic shifts, market fragmentation, and exploding costs. Start one of these Specializations to learn leadership strategies that help you make an impact on patient outcomes and the future of the health industry.”

34

Nursing Informatics Leadership

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Minnesota

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

35

The Business of Health Care

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Pennsylvania

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

36

Patient Safety

Cost: see details | A 7-course Specialization from Johns Hopkins University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

37

Healthcare Marketplace

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Minnesota

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

38

Healthcare Trends for Business Professionals

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Northeastern University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

39

Healthcare Organization Operations

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

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Lead the Future of Public Health

“The world needs evidence-based solutions to public health challenges like the opioid crisis, obesity, and the spread of infectious disease. Get started with one of these Specializations or courses to build your expertise in a critical area of public health.”

40

Solving the Opioid Crisis Teach-Out

Free | A 0-week course from University of Michigan & Coursera

Last started January 2019; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

41

Fundamentals of Immunology

Cost: see details | A 3-course Specialization from Rice University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

42

Anatomy

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Michigan

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

43

Become an EMT

Cost: see details | A 6-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

44

Newborn Baby Care

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

45

School Health for Children and Adolescents

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

46

Social Policy for Social Services & Health Practitioners

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from Columbia University

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

47

Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Colorado System

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

48

Integrative Health and Medicine

Cost: see details | A 5-course Specialization from University of Minnesota

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

49

Statistical Analysis with R for Public Health

Cost: see details | A 4-course Specialization from Imperial College London

Last started date unknown; next session TBD

Enroll now | Course details | Save

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