Coursera: John Hopkins' Epidemiology Classes

These courses might interest people who want to learn more about epidemiology.

Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology

About this Course

This free Teach-Out is for anyone who has been curious about how we identify and measure outbreaks like the COVID-19 epidemic and wants to understand the epidemiology of these infections.

The COVID-19 epidemic has made many people want to understand the science behind pressing questions like: “How many people have been infected?” “How do we measure who is infected?” “How infectious is the virus?” “What can we do?” Epidemiology has the tools to tell us how to collect and analyze the right data to answer these questions. In addition to a basic understanding of these essential tools, this Teach-Out provides a way for you to learn and connect with one another while continuing to practice the social distancing measures that will help keep us safe. We also hope to provide you with some tangible calls to action that will help you affect positive change for yourself, your community, and our society.

Professional Epidemiology Specialization

This Professional Epidemiology specialization isn’t free, but you can audit the classes for free by clicking on the individual course links and choosing “audit”:

  1. Essential Epidemiology Tools for Public Health Practice
  2. Data and Health Indicators in Public Health Practice
  3. Epidemiology Surveillance Systems: The Building Blocks
  4. Surveillance Systems: Analysis, Dissemination, and Special Systems
  5. Outbreaks and Epidemics

About this Specialization

This specialization is intended for people working or aspiring to work in the field of public health at the local, regional, and national level. Over five courses taught by faculty from the preeminent school of public health, you’ll learn to use the core epidemiologic toolset to measure the health of populations, assess interventions, collect and analyze data, and investigate outbreaks and epidemics.

What you will learn

  • Become familiar with the epidemiologic toolset
  • Measure the health of populations
  • Collect and analyze public health surveillance data
    Investigate disease outbreaks and epidemics

Here are a couple of other related courses.

I watched about three weeks of lectures for the Essential Epidemiology Tools for Public Health Practice course, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. By week three it was making a case that creating data visualizations is useful. I think a good book on the topic would be more useful.