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Three New HarvardX courses announced for Spring 2014



HarvardX, through EdX.com, has announced three new classes being offered from HSPH Faculty and Staff. These three classes, will be offered starting in spring 2014. Visit each course's homepage for additional information and how to sign-up. 


PH525x Data Analysis for Geonomics, begins April 7, 2014

The course covers the necessary statistical concepts needed to properly design experiments and analyze the high dimensional data produced by these technologies. These include estimation, hypothesis testing, multiple comparison corrections, modeling, linear models, principle component analysis, clustering, nonparametric and Bayesian techniques. Along the way, students will learn to analyze data using the R programming language and several packages from the Bioconductor project.

Course Faculty:
Dr. Rafael Irizarry
Professor of Biostatistics at HSPH
Michael Love
Postdoctoral fellow in Biostatistics at HSPH

Learn more and register


PH210x United States Health Policy, begins April 7, 2014
This course provides students with a basic and thorough understanding of the U.S. health care system focusing on access, quality of care, and costs. Students will learn how the system is structured, how care is organized, delivered, and financed, and how the Affordable Care Act will influence the future of the system. Students will understand the U.S. health policy making structure process at the federal, state, and local levels. Students who complete this course will be able to interpret current controversies around US health policy and develop informed opinions on future policy developments.

Course Faculty:
Dr. John E. McDonough
Professor at HSPH and Director of HSPH Center for Public Health Leadership 

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PH555x Health Care Quality and Safety: A Global Perspective, beginning June 2, 2014
This course will offer an introduction to the emerging field of global healthcare quality. Healthcare does not always lead to improved health; over the past two decades there has been an increasing realization that in order for healthcare to improve population health, it must be safe, effective, and reliably delivered. Despite this realization, the quality of care that the world’s citizens receive is not as good as it can and should be. The human toll of poor quality healthcare is substantial. While much of the work on healthcare quality was initiated in the US, broad evidence from other high-income countries and emerging evidence from low and middle-income countries suggest that a global focus is needed. The most recent data suggest that poor quality healthcare is likely one of the top causes of morbidity and mortality in the world. Students will be exposed to key issues related to the link between healthcare and health, and how the state of health systems and their quality across the globe is having a profound impact on the health of the world’s population.

Lead Faculty: Ashish Jha, MD '97, MPH '04
Professor of Health Policy and Management at HSPH
Website: coming soon


About HarvardX: 
These classes are offered through HarvardX, a school participating in the edX program. HarvardX is a bold experiment to push the boundaries of learned through re-imagined teaching, unprecedented research, and cutting-edge technology for Harvard students and learners everywhere. Learn more about how HarvardX works and explore all the free courses being offered on the main HarvardX site.