Coursera Targets Health-Care Education Market

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Online learning provider Coursera has traditionally focused on developing courses in business, data and tech, areas where there is clear employer demand for skills. But the company is now targeting the health-care industry, which is also experiencing worker shortages. Coursera yesterday announced the launch of 100 new courses related to health care, 30 specializations — which are a series of related courses on one broad topic — and two master’s degrees in public health. The well-known purveyor of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, was already offering health-care-related courses, like many other online providers, but this is the first time the company has made health care a deliberate focus of its content development, said Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera.

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