HarvardX offering free online Ebola class

HarvardX, the online education extension of Harvard University, recently made the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the Next Pandemic available for free.

MOOC classes are structured such that students can enroll throughout the course, making course content more flexible and available to anyone.

Students who complete the four-week course, which ends on Feb. 4, will earn an honors certificate through HarvardX.

The course includes content provided by Elsevier, including research papers published by The LancetThe Lancet Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Public Health, Acta Tropica and other journals.

"The Ebola crisis offers a cautionary template of the types of pandemics we are likely to see in the future of our global society," Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and course instructor, said. "This course provides an opportunity for our current and future health care professionals, policymakers and leaders to look at how we might contain the spread of contagious diseases in the future, or better yet, prevent them altogether through better health systems and more cohesive international health care policies."

For more information on registering for the class, visit harvardx.harvard.edu.

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