Concerns on health and fitness are on the rise and demands of health professionals are increasing and the leading online education point Coursera is leveraging this prime opportunity, as they recently launched the vertical on health contents. The courses are crafted by 15 top ranking universities of the world. The courses have 30 specialization sections and two public health-focused master’s degrees. These in turn will inculcate students with specific skills, which are needed to enter high demand jobs, particularly Health Informatics, Healthcare Management and Public Health. The growing need of professionals in an aging world population, with incidence of chronic diseases and resurgence of untreatable infectious diseases have left vacant positions in genetics, genomics, immunotherapy, and integrative therapies, which require skills to power the modern health system.
The gap of 1.94 million nurses (Indian Nursing Council Report) in India could be filled, as there is an immediate need to transform the training system of healthcare professionals, mainly in ancillary profiles such as nurses, assistants, technicians. “I am deeply passionate about driving innovation in healthcare,” said Daphne Koller, Co-Founder of Coursera. He adds, “The sector is under enormous strain to support the needs of growing health support, to not only improve health outcomes for people around the world, but also reduce the increasingly unaffordable costs of healthcare, both to individuals and to society. I’m excited to see Coursera and its partners coming together to help by providing access to flexible and affordable education options, that usher in the next generation healthcare workers.”