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Top 5 free Online Courses on Governance

Governance refers to structures and processes designed by a governing body- state, organization, market, network- to ensure accountability and regulate influence in order to direct and control actions and affairs of the people being governed.

Media Ethics & Governance

Media Ethics & Governance is a Social Science online course offered by the University of Amsterdam in Netherlands. The intermediate level course is approximately 11 hours spread over 4 weeks, and taught in English. Ethical theories, models, concepts and perspectives are explored, along with changing societal demands, and expectations of media creation and use. The student should be able to reflect on ethical dilemmas, and develop a well-substantiated argument for ethical decision-making by the end of the course.

Population Health: Governance

Population Health: Governance is an online course offered by the Leiden University in Netherlands. The beginner course is approximately 11 hours spread over 4 weeks, and taught in English. The purpose of the course is to teach healthcare shifts from a system level (global and national), to other view points (from Organizations via their characteristics, to Networks via the environment, and finally to Healthcare Professionals via their changing roles). Skills to be gained are E- Health, Social network analysis, Multi-level governance, Health governance, and Street-level bureaucracy.

IS/IT Governance

IS/IT Governance is course 1 of 4 in the Information Systems Specialization program, and offered by the University of Minnesota in the United States. The course is taught in English for 5 weeks. Managers who use Information Technology to address business problems and investments would particularly find the course helpful. The purpose of the course is to educate the students on IT alignment, evaluation of IT investments, Change Management, and how they all govern IT to ensure contribution to organizational goals and strategies. Skills to be gained include Management; Information Technology; and Finance and accounting.

Healthcare Data Quality and Governance

Healthcare Data Quality and Governance is course 3 of 4 in the Health Information Literacy for Data Analytics Specialization program, offered by the University of California in the United States. The intermediate level course is taught in English in 9 hours, spread across 4 weeks. The purpose of healthcare data quality is to save lives, reduce costs, improve healthcare and make it more accessible and affordable. Hence, the course focuses on data quality and its measurement; monitoring, management and improvement by healthcare professionals; and sustenance of quality via interaction of human and computerized systems in data governance. Workers in Health Information Management, or Data Analytics who want to branch into healthcare, stand a lot to gain from this course.

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector and Governance is course 1 of 4 in the Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations Specialization program, offered by the State University of New York in the United States, and the Luther College at the University of Regina in Canada. The course is taught in English for about 13 hours over 5 weeks. The key points of the course are: unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations and emerging trends therein; roles and challenges of Board of Directors; and leadership at governance level.

All the courses described can be audited for free, however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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