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Exponential MOOC Growth

Enrollment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s 38 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) surpassed 3.8 million students in June of 2015.

“The exponential popularity of the School’s MOOCs continues to demonstrate the demand for high quality instruction on public-health-related subjects around the globe,” says Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Whether it’s to strengthen data science skills, understand critical public-health concepts or enhance professional development, MOOCs allow faculty to share their expertise with learners everywhere.”

The Data Science Specialization package—designed and taught by faculty from the School's Department of Biostatistics—a series of nine courses focused on the rapidly emerging field of public health data science, is the School's most popular MOOC offering, with a total enrollment of more than 2.5 million students. Data science is a field dedicated to identifying, collecting, refining, analyzing and interpreting data in a wide range of areas, from finance to public health. Since the specialized package debuted in April 2014, more than 260,000 online learners have successfully completed a Data Science course.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has a long history of being in the vanguard of online education, offering for-credit online courses back in 1997 and one of the first online graduate degrees in public health in 1999. In 2005 the School joined the open educational resources movement with the launch of JHSPH OpenCourseWare, a repository of educational materials from over 100 courses offered at the School.

“The exponential popularity of the School’s MOOCs continues to demonstrate the demand for high quality instruction on public-health-related subjects around the globe.”

Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health