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30+ Free Online Courses and Conferences about Coronavirus

COVID-19 Learning: Courses & Conferences

Over 90% of the world’s student population has been affected by COVID-19 quarantines or social distancing policies. This pandemic is not the only recent important outbreak. “The impact of epidemic diseases on society has shaped powerful social evolution no less than wars, revolutions and economic crises”, Yale Professor Frank M. Snowden said in his YouTube course Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600.

Education ministries, schools, universities and companies, are quickly providing online resources for learners.

Universities have started offering online courses about COVID-19 as well as organizing webinars and fully-fledged virtual conferences.

We have collected 20+ courses from institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and the World Health Organization (WHO). All are free to enroll and some even provide free certificates.

We have also built a list of resources to help you understand and/or keep up with the pandemic.

Online Courses

Course Institution Hours Certificate
Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19 Imperial College London 17 No Certificate
Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology: A Johns Hopkins Teach-Out Johns Hopkins University 5 No Certificate
Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic Johns Hopkins University NA No Certificate
COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis Johns Hopkins University 10 Free
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Johns Hopkins University 5 Free
Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19 Harvard University 5 No Certificate
CS472 Data Science and AI for COVID-19 Stanford University 20+ NA
Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 University of Toronto 10 No Certificate
COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 12 Free
COVID-19 Diagnostics and Testing London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 9 $39
Managing COVID-19 in General Practice St. George’s University 4 $44
COVID-19: What You Need to Know (CME Eligible) Osmosis 3 Free
COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application University of Edinburgh 5 Free
COVID-19 et soins critiques University Paris-Est Créteil: UPEC 2 Free
Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection WHO 10 Free
Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control WHO 3 Free
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) WHO 1 Free
COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response WHO 1 Free
Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) Treatment Facility Design WHO 1 Free
COVID-19: Comunicarnos sin daño durante la pandemia The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 5 $10
Cursos para profesionales de la Salud Pandemia COVID 19 The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 10 $10
COVID – 19: Abordaje inicial del paciente con infección por Covid-19 The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 5 $10
Covid – 19: Ventilación mecánica para no intensivistas The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 10 $10
Primeros Auxilios Psicológicos (PAP). Edición especial COVID-19 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 6 No Certificate
Drug discovery in prevention and treatment of COVID-19 Tsinghua University 5 No Certificate
COVID-19: Pandemics, Modelling, and Policy The Open University 4 $54
COVID-19 – A clinical update University of Florida 6 No Certificate
Lecture Series for Preventing and Controlling COVID-19 Xi’an Jiaotong University 8 No Certificate
Law in the Time of COVID-19: A Northwestern Teach-Out Northwestern University 8 No Certificate
COVID-19 Course for Leaders, Educators, Learners and General Public Desire2Learn 6 No Certificate
COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression University of Reading 4 Free
COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health Maudsley Learning 6 $39

Webinars & Virtual Conferences

Webinar Institution
COVID-19 and AI: A Virtual Conference Stanford University
Effective Data Visualization in the Era of COVID-19 Stanford University
COVID-19: Where Do We Go from Here? Harvard University
COVID-19 and the Dynamics of Race and Othering Johns Hopkins University
Understanding the Global Economic Impact of COVID-19 Johns Hopkins University
The Politics and Policy of COVID-19 Johns Hopkins University
The Economic Impact of Coronavirus University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Consumer Behavior in the Global Marketplace University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Addressing COVID-19 in Vietnam: current surveillance and future research The University of Edinburgh

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    Susheel Ahuja

    Are these courses with certificate totally free of cost ? Or once you finish the course to get the certificate you need to pay some amount . Please clarify ?

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      In the list, there’s a column called “certificate” and there it says whether it’s free or how much it costs

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    Hidayatullah Noorzai

    Thank you!

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    Fahim Gilani

    commendable initiative

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    any course with analytics of covid data

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    Hi, how I sign up to CS472. I access to the website ut I can find how to sign up

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      Pat Bowden

      This course is still in production and not yet released (as of late April).

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    Payoj Katiyar

    Hi Rui Ma,

    It was a really nice blog. Each courses you have detailed explanation. I was bit confusing about these online courses. But you gave me detailed summary of list. Thanks for your support and nice explanation.

    Payoj Katiyar

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      Rui Ma

      Thanks, Payoj. We’re glad to see it’s helpful for you.

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    Rui Ma

    Hi Santhi, here are some courses about analytics of COVID-19 data.
    “CS472 Data science and AI for COVID-19” from Stanford University: https://sites.google.com/view/data-science-covid-19/;
    “COVID-19: Pandemics, Modelling, and Policy” from The Open University: https://www.classcentral.com/course/pandemics-modelling-and-policy-19501.
    Apart from courses, there’re also many interactive charts and maps with clear explanations. https://ourworldindata.org/the-covid-19-pandemic-slide-deck


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