After earning my master’s degree in toxicology, I began to explore my career options. I have a variety of interests including public health, vaccines and I am interested in working in academia. A Ph.D. program in molecular microbiology and immunology may be an option for me.

To prepare myself for this journey I enrolled in some come courses to learn more about vaccine development, infectious diseases and global health. Recently, I learned about Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and found Coursera.org.

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Coursera.org is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) site. I highly recommend it for scientists or anyone that wants to gain knowledge in a particular field. After completing a course with a grade of 80% or higher you can earn a Signed Certificate and some courses have an additional option to earn a Verified Signature Track with your course with a fee. There are many courses ranging from science, engineering, math, business and much more. Most courses last about 5-15 weeks and you have the chance to take courses from different universities all around the world.

When you enroll in a course you will have access to video lectures with audio and text, quizzes, homework, projects and final exams. Some courses have specific timelines, while others are self-paced. If you see that a course already started, check the archives for more information or wait to see if it will be offered again. For example, Virology I was a popular science course last year, and at the beginning of this year Virology II was added.

Courses I’m Currently Taking /Starting Soon:

Virology II

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health

Courses I Completed & Recommend: 

Virology I

Virology II

Vaccines

Epidemics of Infectious Diseases

Introduction to Global Health

Side Note:

Are you interested in virology, microbiology or infectious diseases? Check out: Dr. Vincent Racaniello’s Blog/Podcast and Dr. Marcel Salathé (and play the simulation game, called VAX!). I learned so much about virology and infectious diseases from their courses. I cannot wait to see what they will come up with next.

After taking a few courses I feel more knowledgeable and that I am taking actions to enter a vaccine development career. I still have many things to achieve on my action item list, but this is a good start.

Have you used Coursera.org? Comment below.

15 thoughts on “Resources for Scientists: Online Learning using Coursera.org

  1. Glad you enjoyed our class on Epidemiology and my game, Vax (http://vax.herokuapp.com). I’m in the process of adding new levels and scenarios, so keep an eye out for those in the near future.

    Our department’s grad students run a WordPress blog over at ciddgsa.com that you may find of interest.

      1. Thanks, we’re still starting up and finding our voice, but there’s a lot of excitement over writing from several of us.

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