COVID-19 Online Courses for Learning At Home During COVID-19

April 24, 2020
By China Llanos

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Overwhelmed by the news and losing track of the days? Check out Penn’s online courses offering streamlined insight and useful strategies for thriving in the post-COVID-19 world.

Life for everyone looks at least a little different now than it did two months ago, and we are all doing our best to adapt and find pockets of joy amid of such uncertain times.

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Courses for Navigating COVID-19

As we all navigate these confusing new circumstances, the University of Pennsylvania offers special online courses that address the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One such course is Navigating Ethics, Policy, and COVID-19, offered by Penn Medicine’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Online. Led by experts in health care, bioethics, and clinical research ethics, the course offers valuable insights into behavior, policy implications, and decision-making in the health industry following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Wharton School of Business is providing an economic perspective on the pandemic through their six-week, half-credit course entitled Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty, which breaks down the financial impact that the outbreak has yielded on the global economy.

If you are interested in learning more about how healthcare providers are moving to offer services virtually, check out Penn Nursing’s two-hour Telemedicine and Telehealth class.

Finally, Resilience Skills in a Time of Uncertainty, taught by Positive Psychology professor Dr. Karen Reivich, is a four-week course offering methods for integrating resilience interventions into your personal and professional life through the use of cognitive strategies that can help you manage anxiety and increase positive emotions.

Courses You Wish You Had Time for Before COVID-19

As we all continue to adjust to this new normal as best we can, online learning remains a valuable resource. Use this time to learn something new that interests you! With Penn’s wide variety of fun and informative classes, there is something for everyone.

If you are looking for a way to further your career and enhance your business savvy, check out Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice called Leadership and Organizational Decision Making. The class helps learners develop their leadership style and approaches to touch decision making.

Even Shakira is taking advantage of Penn’s exciting online courses – she just earned her certificate for completing the Ancient Philosophy: Plato and His Predecessors course! The four-week class offers a look at the ideas of several Greek theorists, from Thales to Plato. Shakira remarked,

"Just a benign ancient philosophy course at @uofpenn to make the confinement productive. I have to be able to think about other things..." 

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Hoping to gain a new skill? Modern and Contemporary American Poetry is a course designed to build learners’ literary analysis abilities by tackling poems known to be difficult. By the end of the course, Dickinson and Whitman will feel like a breeze!

Perhaps you’re looking for something a little longer-term than a course. Whether you are hoping to accelerate your progression in your current career, make a pivot, or simple expand your options, Penn’s online degree offerings can help you get where you need to go from the comfort and safety of home. With six different degree programs to choose from, including Penn Engineering’s Master of Computer and Information Technology, Penn LPS’s Online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy’s Master of Healthcare Innovation, Penn Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the School of Social Policy and Practice’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and Doctorate in Clinical Social Work, Penn Vet is offering is offering a for-credit Animal Welfare and Behavior Certificate Program, comprised of four graduate level courses. With Penn’s online degree and certificate programs, there are a range of options suited for your interests and education level.

Although most of us are at home for the time being, online learning is a tool through which we can continue exploring the world together. Find your perfect online offering through Penn’s Online Learning Platform today!