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  • Writer's pictureRajeev Chitguppi

Planning to upgrade your healthcare career? 5 online courses from reputed international universities

I have hand-picked 5 programs from Coursera platform - for healthcare students, graduates, and professionals.

You can complete any or many of these courses to upskill, upgrade and take your career to next level.

All these programs are extremely relevant to the requirements of today's world - within healthcare domain and outside.

So whether you are a student or a recent graduate or a healthcare professional who is planning for upgradation and looking for upskilling yourself, take a look at these courses.

But, it's not just about attending the course as a formality. For best results, you should completely immerse yourself in the course that you are taking and apply the skills in the real world upon completion of course.

Also, you should become a part of the community of learners who are taking this course and network with them.

So, let's begin


The evolution of design is no longer limited to a particular domain. It has come a long way as a discipline for solving complex, nonlinear problems. Design is evolving as an ability-enhancing skill, empowering people to deal with uncertainty, complexity, and failure.

This 5-week course teaches you how you can utilize design in your domain as a way of thinking to provide a strategic and innovative advantage—recommended for anyone curious about design and translating the design thinking processes and tools into innovative & creative opportunities.

You will - explore, apply and practice the design process: think, make, break and repeat.

This course, designed by The University of Sidney, will equip you with a set of practical tools and techniques that you can apply to situations within your domain. You will have the thought process to translate problems into opportunities, develop solutions, and ultimately innovate through design.


The business world is volatile & complex, with situations underlined by uncertainty & ambiguity - this requires strong innovation skills.

Developing an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset is critical to overcoming the uncertainty of business environments. This program teaches you how to recognize and question assumptions and constraints, through which you will learn to identify and capitalize on opportunities.

Some of the actionable lessons you will learn in this program:

  • how to change the rules of the game by creating innovative value propositions

  • discovering new market positions for sustained competitive advantage.

This program, designed by The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will provide excellent value to aspiring as well as practicing entrepreneurs. It will be a great program for anyone interested in becoming an innovative leader in today's world.


Clinical trials are experiments that evaluate new interventions to treat or prevent or treat diseases. The interventions can be drugs, devices, surgeries, behavioral modifications, health delivery systems, etc. Randomized clinical trials are considered to provide the highest level of evidence for deciding whether a treatment is effective or not.

The course offered by The Johns Hopkins University covers the basic principles for designing & reporting randomized clinical trials.

The first part of the course covers the terminology and the standard designs employed in clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs. The first part also covers randomization and blinding of treatment.

The second half of the course explains how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted. It will also cover the ethical considerations involved in conducting trials.


This course designed by Stanford University teaches you how to make your writing more effective - through practical examples and exercises. You will improve your writing for general audiences and rules such as using strong, active verbs.

You will also learn how to enhance your impact by learning the principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster, preparing scientific manuscripts, peer review, ethical issues in scientific publication, etc.

Click here for more details: Writing in the Sciences


Ever wondered why some things become popular and others don't? Why do some products become hits while others flop?

What makes things go viral? What are the key ideas behind viral marketing?

Take this course to learn how to market your ideas, brands, or products effectively. Learn how to make your ideas stick, how to increase your influence, and how to use the power of social networks to spread information and influence.

Drawing on principles from his best-selling book, "Contagious: Why Things Catch On," Professor Jonah Berger, The University of Pennsylvania, illustrates successful strategies for you to use buzz to create virality so that your campaigns become more shareable on social media and elsewhere.

By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of how to craft contagious content, build stickier messages, and get any product, idea, or behavior to catch on.


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