18 Educational Open Courseware Classes About Medical Careers

Published by admin on October 19, 2010

The medical field is the fastest growing field in the United States. Between the aging of baby boomers and the US rolling out more comprehensive healthcare for its citizens, the healthcare field is wide open with job opportunities, and will continue to be so for years to come. Sometimes, however, deciding exactly what avenue in healthcare you’d like to explore can be a big decision, because there are so many careers in healthcare from which to choose. Here are 18 open courseware classes that can give you insight into some of the careers in healthcare. After taking one of these free courses in an area where you have interest, you’re likely to know whether further pursuing this avenue is right for you.

  1. Introduction to Health Policy: This course from Johns Hopkins explores the basic issues in health policy and management. This basic course will give you a very good overview of what the healthcare management field is all about and give you an introduction into health policy.
  2. Health Issues for Aging Populations: This course from Johns Hopkins explores aging and health policy related to treating older persons. As baby boomers age, we will have more elderly patients than our country has ever seen, so more and more healthcare jobs will be related to gerontology. This is a good class if you’re considering gerontology as a career.
  3. Aging Health and Diversity: These podcasts from Berkeley explore aging and how different cultures embrace it. This is another great course if you’re considering gerontology.
  4. Environmental Health: This course from Johns Hopkins explores environmental concerns and the health problems associated with them. Environmental Health is one of the newest fields in healthcare. This course should give you a good idea of whether or not you’re interested in environmental health.
  5. Biological Agents of Water and Foodborne Bioterrorism: This course from Johns Hopkins explores the possibility of bioterrorism through food and water borne illness. This class will help you better understand bioterrorism and health careers related to it.
  6. History of Public Health: This course from Johns Hopkins examines the historical experience of health and illness from a population perspective. Those who are interested in a field in public health will appreciate this course.
  7. Human Growth and Development: Tufts University offers this course on how humans develop and grow. This is a great course for anyone interested in pediatrics.
  8. Cardiovascular Pathophysiology: This course from Tufts offers an in depth look at the cardiovascular system. This is a great course for those interested in cardiology.
  9. Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology: This course from Tufts offers an in depth look at the human musculoskeletal system. This is a great course for anyone interested in orthopedics.
  10. Renal Pathophysiology: Learn how the kidneys function and adapt to disease in this course from Tufts University. This is a good class if you’re potentially interested in internal medicine or nephrology.
  11. Genetics: This course from Tufts covers basic human genetics, including how they contribute to disease. This is a great course for anyone interested in the field of genetics.
  12. Images of Memorable Cases: 50 Years at the Bedside: This course from Connexions is a study in the art and science of medical diagnosis. Anyone interested in being any sort of health practitioner will appreciate this course.
  13. Adolescent Health and Development: Another course from Johns Hopkins, this course covers the development of the adolescent body. It’s a great class if you’re interested in pediatrics.
  14. Introduction to Human Nutrition: This course from Berkeley gives you an overview of basic nutritional requirements. This is a good beginning course if you’re interested in being a dietician or nutritionist.
  15. Epidemiology of Infectious Disease: This course from Johns Hopkins explores infectious disease epidemiology. This is a good basic introduction for those who might be interested in studying infectious diseases.
  16. General Psychology: An introduction to General Psychology from Berkeley. If you’re interested in a career in the psychology field, this class is a must.
  17. Medical Terminology: Think you can handle learning the myriad of medical terms required for a career in healthcare? This course from the college of Eastern Utah will give you a head start.
  18. Managed Care: This course from Johns Hopkins gives an overview of managing patient care plans and insurance. It’s a must for anyone considering the field of healthcare management.

With some of these classes under your belt, you should have a much better idea about which career in the health field is right for you.

If you enjoyed this article, please .

Bookmark and Share

Previous Post: 10 Essential Web Tools for Nurse Practitioners

Next Post: Top 50 Diabetes Blogs