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Winter Institute

In January 2021, all Winter Institute courses will be offered virtually.

The Winter Institute is an opportunity both for part-time degree candidates and non-degree seeking students alike. Courses cover several public health disciplines including biostatistics, epidemiology, international health, environmental health sciences, molecular microbiology and immunology, health policy and management, and reproductive health.

The 2021 Winter Institute will be held January 4 - 22, 2021. Registration for courses will be possible from October 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020. 

If you have questions about registration for Winter Institute courses, please contact 

January 2021 Winter Institute 

  • Registration, Credit, Tuition & Fees- including important information about deadlines for adding and dropping Winter Institute courses. Students should also check Courseplus for the specific drop dates of their courses.
  • Courses

Special Considerations for the January 2021 Winter Institute 

In January 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the interests of keeping all students, staff, and faculty safe, the Bloomberg School is taking the precaution of offering all of its Winter Institute courses in a virtual format. In this manner, students from all over the world can join our world-renowned faculty for our top-ranked courses, without leaving the comforts of their own homes. Rest assured that the online formats of our courses are carefully crafted to offer students the same extraordinarily rich and connected learning experience as our in-person courses provide.


Option for Pass/Fail Grades in Winter Institutes Courses

In a temporary departure from the Pass/Fail policy, every student enrolled in a course taken for academic credit during Winter Institute term of Academic Year 2020-2021 will be allowed to take the course as Pass/Fail if they wish to do so. Courses taken Pass/Fail this term will count towards graduation and program requirements (for degrees and certificate programs) as if they were taken under the Letter grade system, assuming that a Pass grade is earned. This policy is consistent with policies of the Council on Education for Public Health. The fee for grade system changes will also be waived for the term. 

Many of the existing rules and considerations for electing the Pass/Fail grade system remain in place:

Please review the Pass/Fail policy and reach out to with any questions regarding the Pass/Fail policy.



During January 2021, while all courses will be offered online, there are three different types of course formats:

All-online, Asynchronous Courses

Our fully online coursesare designated by a .83 suffix in the course number

Synchronous Courses

Live class sessions normally offered in the classroom will use Zoom. Show up to live sessions just as you would to classes on campus!

Technical Tips for Synchronous Online Class Sessions: 

Courses that Combine Both Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction

Some courses will combine the use of Zoom for class discussions with the use of Panopto for pre-recorded lectures that may be watched on students' own schedules. Please review the Technical Tips for Synchronous Online Class Sessions section above.