The online education platform is more than doubling its degree offerings with the addition of six new programs in a new partnership with five universities.
Coursera said Tuesday that it will launch the programs, including its first bachelor’s degree, either this year or next.
Two of the new programs are through the University of Michigan, which will offer a Master of Applied Data Science and a Master of Public Health through the online platform. Michigan announced that it is also offering a new professional certificate, in construction engineering and management, through Coursera.
The first bachelor’s degree through the program will be a BS in computer science through the University of London.
Other new degrees offered will be:
A new ‘Global Master of Public Health’ online degree launched by us and @coursera is aims to reach and teach more health professionals across the world https://t.co/nPzOqfixM3 pic.twitter.com/LCAVhdkkwz
— Imperial College (@imperialcollege) March 6, 2018
Imperial College London noted in its statement on its new program, that it can take the new course of study to those in places that badly need new health professionals, rather than having them have to come to London.
“Imperial’s online degree is being rolled out at a time of upheaval in the world of health policy and healthcare,” the university said. “As recently as November 2017 the WHO gathered in Dublin, Ireland, for the Human Resources for Health Forum. Delegates discussed the 18 million additional health professionals that will be required by 2030 to meet the demands of a growing global population.
“The College is aiming for the degree to be popular globally, including in those countries the WHO identified as being in the greatest need in the decades to come. In providing an innovative solution to training the next generation of experts, it is hoped online degrees will be a game changer for populations that urgently require preventative, comprehensive, and bespoke public health leadership to deliver policies to address global health challenges including emerging infections and epidemics of chronic disease.”
Coursera, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., was co-founded by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller.