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Online partnership plays key role in training care professionals

CU Anschutz among top universities to launch health care content on Coursera

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Written by Julia Milzer on January 22, 2019

Coursera, the global online learning leader, announced the launch of its 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 CU Anschutz Medical Campus is among the top-ranked institutions in health partnering with Coursera to release collectively 100 new courses, 30 new specializations and two public health-focused master’s degrees to provide learners with the skills they need to enter high demand jobs, mainly related to Health Informatics, Healthcare Management and Public Health. Notably, CU Anschutz played a vital role in the launch, providing over one-fourth of the courses and more specializations than any other Coursera partner.

CU Anschutz plays vital role in offering new courses

“The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is pleased to be a national innovator in digital education. This past year, with our partners at Coursera, we have launched the first course specializations in health care on the Coursera platform, sharing some of our faculty's educational expertise with 36 million learners throughout the world,” said Roderick Nairn, PhD, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. “The breadth of our course offerings reflects the diversity of our campus; Palliative Care, Emergency Medical Services, Caring for Healthy Newborns, School Health, and Clinical Data Sciences are among Coursera's inaugural healthcare course specializations and are a testament to the global reputation of CU Anschutz in both defining contemporary standards of medical innovation as well as training the next generation of healthcare leaders.”

New specializations to train future healthcare leaders

CU Anschutz offers many specializations, including:

  • Become an EMT: EMT medical and trauma emergency care. Gain the skills needed to provide first responder emergency medical care.
  • Clinical Data Science: Launch your career in clinical data science. A six-course introduction to using clinical data to improve the care of tomorrow's patients.
  • Newborn Baby Care: Newborn baby care skills. Gain skills in newborn baby care, safety and health including breastfeeding, safe sleep and screenings.
  • School Health for Children and Adolescents: Promoting healthy practices in school. Learn to manage medical conditions and mental health services and facilitate healthy practices in schools.
  • Palliative Care: It’s Not Just Hospice Anymore: Palliative care easing pain and suffering. Learn strategies and techniques to assess suffering and support patients living with serious illness.

“I am deeply passionate about driving innovation in healthcare,” said Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera. “The sector, which is under enormous strain to support the needs of a growing and aging population, presents a huge opportunity for meaningful technological transformation that stands to not only improve health outcomes for people around the world but also reduce the increasingly unaffordable costs of healthcare, both to individuals and to society. I’m excited to see Coursera and its partners coming together to help realize 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.”

CU Anschutz joins Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, the University of Michigan and the Imperial College of London in launching health care specializations. The new specializations will roll-out through 2019 and will be available for a subscription range of $39 to $79 per month.

For more information, visit coursera.org/health.