6 Online Learning Courses for Healthcare Technology Professionals

Mike Togle
April 4, 2017

The digital revolution has transformed the way we learn. Educational classes that were once limited to physical classrooms have now been replaced with a full-range of online learning platforms, offered by some of the world’s top universities. The creation of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has risen exponentially over the last decade, offering mostly university and postgraduate courses across a wide range of general and specialized fields. The amount of learning opportunities for those who seek it is limitless.

Healthcare technology and life science professionals can leverage MOOCs, whether to gain new insight on their professional practice or as a refresher course for core tenets and principles of their respective fields. At Pointwest Healthcare, we encourage continuous learning. MOOCs offer the ability to learn from top global experts in the healthcare industry, all with the flexibility of your own schedule. We have curated a list of the top 6 online courses for healthcare technology professionals to help strengthen understanding of the changing landscape of healthcare, life sciences, drug development and analytics.

Learning Course 1: Exploratory Data Analytics

Description: Analytics is a pivotal skill across any discipline, as it enables decision-makers to turn data into actionable insight. In the field of healthcare technology, data analytics is the cornerstone of the creation and utilization of products, services and technology. This course is an excellent refresher to strengthen the basics of data analytics, regression models, statistical inference and their many applications. The course offers hands-on training and practical problem solving cases and homework to facilitate real-life application.

Where to Find it: https://www.coursera.org/learn/exploratory-data-analysis
Institution: John Hopkins University
Course Length: 4 weeks, 4 hours per week

Learning Course 2: Innovating in Healthcare

Description: This course is helpful for healthcare entrepreneurs, healthcare product managers and professionals who want to sharpen their innovation skill set and create products for the market. Despite many other courses about entrepreneurship, this one stands out because it contextualizes innovation in the field of healthcare, covering crucial nuances such as public policy, public health and regulatory framework. This interactive course covers business models, financing, creating scale and mass impact. By the end of the lectures, professionals will have come up with their own detailed healthcare business or product plan and market launch.

Where to Find it: https://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/innovating-health-care
Institution: Harvard University
Course Length: 9 weeks, 3 hours per week

Learning Course 3: Essentials of Global Health

Description: This course emphasizes the human aspect of the healthcare industry. It examines the varying factors that affect the quality of healthcare delivery, with focus on the plight of the healthcare delivery model across developing countries. The course will help give professionals a more holistic perspective of the various regulatory, legal, technological and global factors that impact global healthcare. At the end of the lectures, professionals will gain more insight into the real problems that healthcare technology products aim to solve.

Where to Find it: https://www.coursera.org/learn/essentials-global-health
Institution: Yale University
Course Length: 10 weeks, 4 hours per week

Learning Course 4: Principles and Practice in Drug Development

Description: This course offers a multidisciplinary perspective on the process of drug development, including drug discovery, pre-clinical trials, regulation, manufacturing efficiencies and pharmacovigilance. Professionals will learn from the use of historical precedent and various drug development cases, both in the United States, Europe and Asia. The main goal of this course is to give insight to users on the safe and efficient production of modern medicine, giving perspective on the role of technology for this end purpose.

Where to Find it:  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/sloan-school-of-management/
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Course Length: 14 weeks, 3 hours per week

Learning Course 5: Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics

Description: This course is one of the most immersive and interactive ones available, as it applies technologies and real informatics tools across different healthcare verticals such as nursing triage and physician decisions. The lectures cover emerging technologies such as eSciences, telehealth, simulations, virtual reality. With hands-on exercises, practical case studies and world class guest speakers, professionals will gain a deeper understanding of the practical applications of healthcare informatics to change the way healthcare is delivered.

Where to Find it:  https://www.coursera.org/learn/health-informatics-professional
University of Minnesota
Course Length: 10 weeks, 3 hours per week

Learning Course 6: eHealth: More than just an Economic Record

Description: This course is a deep-dive on eHealth technologies and how it can change current healthcare delivery models around the globe. It focuses on exploring the emerging market trends, best in class application case studies and potential future barriers for digital technologies such as Telemedicine and Connected Healthcare Devices. With broad perspective from some of Australia’s most respected healthcare practitioners, this course is a must for anyone who wants to create and take to market new eHealth products and services.

Where to Find it: https://www.coursera.org/courses?languages=en&query=healthcare+
University of Sydney
Course Length: 5 weeks, 2 hours per week

In today’s digital world, the opportunities for learning are countless, valuable and readily available with a touch of a finger. Healthcare professionals should not miss out the chance to learn continuously, with the goal of gaining deeper insight to transform healthcare. #TransformingHealth


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