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50+ Free Online Courses and Conferences about Coronavirus

To deliver reliable and scientific information, researchers from universities and healthcare organizations are providing the latest free MOOCs about COVID-19.

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 5 No Certificate
COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis Johns Hopkins University 10 Free
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Johns Hopkins University 5 Free
Rastreamento de contato da COVID-19 Johns Hopkins University 5 Free
Rastreo de los contactos de la COVID-19 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
COVID-19 Training for Healthcare Workers Stanford University 5 Free
COVID-19 Training for Healthcare Workers Stanford University 5 $10
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
Diagnostic et dépistage de la COVID-19 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 9 $44
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 6 $44
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
WHO COVID-19 Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment Training 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
Anxiety in Children and Young People during COVID-19 University of East Anglia 4 $44
Re-Imagine Work: Strategies During COVID-19 and Beyond The University of British Columbia 3 No Certificate
COVID-19: Adapting Child Protection Case Management University of Strathclyde 3 $44
COVID-19 in Africa: Managing the Outbreak in Primary Care Settings Maudsley Learning 4 $44
Riesgo biológico y bioseguridad en el entorno laboral Galileo University 20 $29
Bioseguridad y equipo de protección para la prevención de COVID-19 Galileo University 20 $29
Global Health: Ebola, COVID and Beyond University System of Maryland 18 $49
COVID-19 : Formation hygiène et accompagnement pour le personnel soignant en EHPAD Fehap 5 Free
COVID-19: Global Health Perspectives The Nossal Institute for Global Health 12 Free
Laboratory Training for COVID-19 Molecular Testing FIND and African Society for Laboratory Medicine 4 $34
Seguimiento de casos y contactos COVID-19 Universidad de Chile 12 Free
COVID-19: Psychological First Aid Public Health England 3 Free

Webinars & Virtual Conferences

Webinar Institution
INNOVATION@WORK Webinar Series Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Data Analytics: Solutions to the Pandemic Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Back to the New Workplace post COVID-19(#1 of 2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Back to the New Workplace post COVID-19(#2 of 2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Voting in the Midst of COVID-19 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Online Learning in the Age of COVID-19 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Webinar: Leading Through a Crisis Day-by-Day Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COVID-19, Climate, and the Clean Economy: Gigatrends Changing the World Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COVID-19 and AI: A Virtual Conference Stanford University
Stanford Rebuild Webinar Series Stanford University
Online Art for the Age of Plague Stanford University
COVID-19 CME Education On-Demand Webinars Stanford University
COVID-19: The Impact in India Stanford University
Webinar: Caregiving During COVID 19 Stanford University
Effective Data Visualization in the Era of COVID-19 Stanford University
Clinical Management Through COVID-19 Webinar Series Harvard University
COVID-19: Where Do We Go from Here? Harvard University
Coronavirus Resource Center Videos & Live Events Johns Hopkins University
The World Economy after COVID-19: A Conversation with President Romano Prodi Johns Hopkins University
The World Order After COVID-19 Forum Johns Hopkins University
Sibley Memorial Hospital presents: Caring for Mind & Body During COVID-19 Johns Hopkins University
Understanding the Global Economic Impact of COVID-19 Johns Hopkins University
The Politics and Policy of COVID-19 Johns Hopkins University
Food for Thought Lecture Series: Role of the Arts in post COVID-19 U.S. Columbia University
Imperial Lockdown Lessons Imperial College London
Q&A: Modelling COVID-19 Imperial College London
Understanding and treating COVID-19 Imperial College London
Engineering an emergency ventilator for COVID-19: JAMVENT Imperial College London
Microchip Technology enabling rapid diagnostics : from AMR – COVID-19 Imperial College London
Mathematical modelling for the control of infectious diseases Imperial College London
European Perspectives on COVID-19: Governance, Education, Culture University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: Rethinking teaching, learning and student mobility in times of COVID-19 University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: Trust and interdependence during Covid19: lessons from the study of human attachment University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: Rediscovering the public purpose of higher education in times of uncertainty University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: Supporting transitions back to school University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: Coronavirus and Culture: Virtual Exchanges University College London
State Unrecognition and Covid-19 Politics: Somaliland, Palestine & Syria University College London
COVID-19 TINs Seminar Series: The Mechanics Behind the Rapid Translation of the CPAP Device University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: COVID-19 and the UK IP Professions University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: Coronavirus and Culture – Creative Futures University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: First Justice, then Pills: Re-imagining Global Mental Health in the Time of COVID University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: UCL IRDR 10th Annual Conference: COVID-19 Pandemic – a global perspective University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: UCL Humanitarian Summit: The climate and covid-19 humanitarian crises, and BSc launch University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: What if… our education system changed for good in light of COVID-19? Part 1 University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: What if… our education system changed for good in light of COVID-19? Part 2 University College London
VIRTUAL EVENT: What if… our education system changed for good in light of COVID-19? Part 3 University College London
COVID-19 Webinar Series University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
COVID-19 Webinar Series The University of Edinburgh
UChicago Virtual Events University of Chicago

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Rui Ma

With a background in Health Statistics and Sociology, she has built a career path in Data Analytics. She joined the team as a Data Analyst and is helping Class Central to improve its services for global MOOC learners.

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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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      LJ

      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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    santhi

    any course with analytics of covid data

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    Pastor

    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.

    Regards
    Payoj Katiyar

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      Rui Ma

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

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    Miguel Morales

    Hi Rui, I’ll share two more for the list. These courses are available in edX.
    (a) https://www.edx.org/es/course/bioseguridad-y-equipo-de-proteccion-para-la-prevencion-de-covid-19 and (b)https://www.edx.org/es/course/riesgo-biologico-y-bioseguridad-en-el-entorno-laboral

    Best,

    Miguel Morales

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    • Rui Ma

      Rui Ma

      Thanks, Miguel. We’ve added them into the article.

      Reply

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