Imperial College London’s School of Public Health has launched a new set of free online courses providing an introduction to public health practice.
The Foundations of Public Health Practice MOOCs (Massive Online Open Course) provide more than 50 hours of content introducing core public health topics such as health improvement, communicable disease control and behaviour change - all delivered by practising public health professionals.
Designed to develop the skills and values needed to become an effective public health professional the courses draw on first-hand experiences from experts from across the School of Public Health.
Dr Richard Pinder, Consultant Public Health Physician and Lead for the Foundations of Public Health Practice modules said: “All of us on the team came into public health to make people healthier and happier. By making these resources open access, we’re doing our part to cultivate the knowledge, skills and behaviours that decision-makers rely on in their public health specialists across the world.”
The courses are delivered through Coursera’s online learning platform and use a blend of videos, interactive activities, quizzes and interviews with leading public health practitioners connecting theory to practice.
Training the next generation of public health leaders across the world
The Foundations of Public Health Practice specialisation is one component of the Global Master of Public Health - Imperial’s first fully online degree. The degree opens the School of Public Health’s successful on-campus Master of Public Health to students across the globe.
The degree is made up of 20 specialisations allowing learners to tailor their experience to their own interests and apply them to public health issues in their own communities. The College is committed to making a majority of the content from the degree available as open content to help increase public health capacity in as many places as possible.
In September the School of Public Health welcomed its first cohort of 70 students from more than 30 countries onto the Global Master of Public Health.
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