Karen Andes Develops New Open Online Courses on Research Methods for Public Health

Karen Andes, Assistant Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health and Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, has been selected to develop a multi-course specialization for Coursera on Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health.


Andes will serve as the lead instructor and developer for a series of five massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera platform. This series of courses, called a “specialization,” will focus on in-demand research skills for public health. Learners will be able to design effective qualitative studies addressing a range of public health issues, select and implement appropriate qualitative methods to meet study objectives, generate and analyze qualitative data, and write publishable qualitative manuscripts. No prior background in qualitative research is required, however these courses will be very beneficial to public health professionals and researchers at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level.


In addition to being an Emory faculty member, Andes directs the Ventanilla de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta. She maintains active partnerships in Paraguay, Nicaragua and Mexico. Her work focuses on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, healthy transitions to adulthood, and most recently, health challenges in informal urban settlements.


Learners may audit the courses for free. Learners who successfully complete the courses and wish to obtain a certificate may do so for a subscription fee through Coursera.


Enrollment will open this fall. Emory’s open online course catalog can be found at https://www.coursera.org/emory.


The Coursera initiative is a collaboration between the Provost’s Office, through the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE), and the Libraries Information and Technology Services’ (LITS) Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) production team. For more information about Coursera at Emory, contact Stephanie Parisi, CFDE assistant director of online education at stephanie.parisi@emory.edu.

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