About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Become familiar with the epidemiologic toolset

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    Measure the health of populations

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    Collect and analyze public health surveillance data

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    Investigate disease outbreaks and epidemics

Skills you will gain

Outbreak investigationPublic Health SurveillancevisualizationStatisticsEpidemiology

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Essential Epidemiologic Tools for Public Health Practice

Course2

Data and Health Indicators in Public Health Practice

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Course3

Surveillance Systems: The Building Blocks

Course4

Surveillance Systems: Analysis, Dissemination, and Special Systems

Instructors

Image of instructor, Emily Gurley, PhD

Emily Gurley, PhD

Associate Scientist
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Image of instructor, Stefan Baral, MD, MPH, MBA, FRCPC

Stefan Baral, MD, MPH, MBA, FRCPC

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Image of instructor, Aruna Chandran, MD, MPH

Aruna Chandran, MD, MPH

Associate Scientist
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Image of instructor, Justin Lessler, PhD, MS

Justin Lessler, PhD, MS

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Image of instructor, Keri Althoff, PhD, MPH

Keri Althoff, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

About Johns Hopkins University

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • The courses build on one another, so taking them in sequence is recommended but not required.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Most learners should be able to complete within 4-5 months.

  • This is a beginner course. Some public health background is helpful, but not required.

  • You will be able to use the basic epidemiologic toolset, measure the health of populations, collect and analyze data, and participate in outbreak investigations.

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