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Health Courses for a Healthy 2019

  • 11 February 2019
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This post was co-written with my colleague Dave Malicke, Operations Lead, in the Office of Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan has a rich history of producing health-related courses for distribution on Coursera. Going way back to 2013, U-M Medical School faculty members led the development of many of the earliest University of Michigan MOOCs. Most of these online learning experiences have continued to run with free admission, and have even been adapted for contextualized use in medical school programs around the world. While many of these courses were produced for medical students, faculty, and staff as the primary audience, some of them also connected with patients and their family members as they were learning more about diagnosed conditions or upcoming procedures.

Inspired by the New Year, and by Coursera’s recent efforts to promote health-related courses, we have compiled the following list of U-M’s health-related offerings on Coursera.

Health Courses from the University of Michigan on Coursera:

  • Master of Public Health degree: Learn to address the health challenges of a complex world in this new online degree from the U-M School of Public Health. Applications for this exciting new degree are now available!
  • Anatomy Specialization: Explore human anatomy using a systems approach, and a vast library of multimedia materials, so you may understand the features of different organ systems in relation to the human body’s form and function.
  • Dentistry 101: Drill into the exciting and diverse field of dentistry through the lens of its many practitioners. If you’re interested in exploring dentistry as a profession, or if you’re ready to pursue a career in it and want to prepare yourself for dental school and the profession that lies ahead, this course will help you better envision the paths you can take.
  • Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education: Take an asynchronous journey through an interdisciplinary and interactive course where you’ll obtain, expand, and improve your teaching skills. One of U-M’s classic MOOCs, and the first to be released as an open educational resource, this course is designed for those involved in educating members of the health professions.
  • Introduction to Cataract Surgery: Review the fundamental knowledge needed to begin performing cataract surgery by phacoemulsification and extracapsular removal. This course is a great resource for surgeons who might need a refresher before scrubbing in.
  • Service Transformed: Lessons in U.S. Veteran Centered Care: Understand the origins of Academic Medical Centers and Veterans Administration affiliations, recognize and manage the influence of bias, class, and power on the clinical encounter, and reflect on the unique physical, mental, and emotional needs related to military service.
  • Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine, and Society: Get the most up-to-date information on the biological, personal, and societal relevance of sleep.
  • Teaching and Assessing Clinical Skills: Improve your skills in gathering feedback, clinical teaching, and assessing clinical skills.
  • Thoracic Oncology: Join this course if you are interested in a multidisciplinary introduction to state of the art approaches in the care of patients with thoracic malignancies, including various types of lung cancers and esophageal cancers. This one is comprehensive!
Whether you are an up-and-coming Thoracic Oncologist, someone interested in learning more about healthy sleep, or looking to play a role in public health - we encourage you to learn with us or share these courses with your friends, colleagues, and family.

Wishing you a happy and healthy start to the New Year!

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