Harvard School of Public Health’s new online course, “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research,” an introduction to biostatistics and epidemiology, has drawn 53,857 students from all over the world. The three-month course, which began in October 2012, was one of the first two courses offered by Harvard through edX, the online education platform launched last May by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since May, four other institutions—the University of California Berkeley, the University of Texas System, Wellesley College, and Georgetown University—have joined Harvard and MIT in edX.
New HarvardX courses being offered in spring 2013 include HSPH’s second public health course, Human Health and Global Environmental Change, co-taught by Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at HSPH, and John Spengler, director of the Center and Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation in the Department of Environmental Health. In addition, HarvardX will offer courses on Greek literature, justice, computer science.
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