COVID-19: Learn about the pandemic with free online courses by leading research universities

Universities around the world offer free online courses about the global pandemic COVID-19. They investigate basic questions such as:

  • How high is the mortality rate of COVID-19?
  • How can the virus be transmitted?
  • What can we do to protect ourselves and others?
  • How many cases of COVID-19 are there worldwide?
  • Why are some countries affected more than others?

The courses below are offered by some of the world’s leading universities in the area of epidemiology and pandemics. They include Imperial College London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University of Toronto.

Science Matters: Let’s Talk about COVID-19

Science Matters: Let’s Talk about COVID-19’ is a course that is offered by Imperial College London. As the name suggests, this course focuses on explaining some of the important subjects surrounding the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Taught by renowned scientists and lecturers Christina Atchison, Helen Ward, and Nimalan Arinaminpathy, this course has a comprehensive syllabus that includes The Clinical Presentations of COVID-19, COVID-19 Situation Reports: Updates on the Ongoing State of the Epidemic, Health Systems and Economic Impacts, Community Engagement and Response, and Development of a Vaccine in Real-Time Epidemics. Students will be offered up-to-date materials as the course progresses.

COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus

As provided by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus is a 3-week long program that aims at explaining the emergency of the pandemic. Similarly, this course will show the way we can come together to tackle the illness as time goes on. The course outline is a collection of top-quality materials that have been delivered by experts from different parts of the world. This course is particularly designed for medical and public professionals. However, anyone that wants to learn more about this outbreak can also join the class. Notably, it is taught by Maryirene Ibeto, Clinician, Researcher and Coordinator for the UK Public Health Rapid Support team based at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

COVID-19: What You Need to Know (CME Eligible)

COVID-19: What You Need to Know (CME Eligible) is a resourceful course from Osmosis University. This course keeps the students updated with the latest information from WHO, CDC and other top health organizations around the world on the issues around COVID-19. It helps healthcare personnel to obtain important CME credits and assists them to be more prepared to deal with the pandemic. Apart from helping health professionals learn about the spread of the disease globally, the course also explores  on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19. Mary W. Ales and Rishi Desai are the tutors in charge of the course.

Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19

This 4-week long course wants to prepare learners to understand what they can do to manage their mental health during the Novel Coronavirus disease. Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 is aiming at ensuring that the intense anxiety and pressure that people are feeling as a result of COVID-19 do not have any negative impacts on their mental health. Given this, the outline of the course covers The Machinery Underlying Anxiety and How to Control It, Understanding and Managing the Effects of Isolation, and Managing Anxiety by Managing Your Environment. It is provided by the University of Toronto via Steve Joordens.

Managing COVID-19 in General Practice

Taught by Mohammad Razai, Managing COVID-19 in General Practice takes a critical look at what is required for health professionals to manage their primary care practice during the outbreak. This 2-week long program is from the St George’s University of London and concentrates on the best practice for your protection and that of others. Participants will learn about the epidemiology, signs and symptoms, and existing management of the disease. Even though the course considers the unique characteristics of the UK primary care, health professionals from other countries will also gain immensely from it.

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