Published July 2, 2021
Profound health-related emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can test the most seasoned leaders, but a collaboration among the University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Albany and Stony Brook University aims to help public health and other professionals lead effectively during such crises.
Faculty from the three universities are taking part in the new Coursera-offered specialization “Leadership for Public Health Crises.” The special series of three courses focuses on giving leaders skills—such as crisis communication, emergency management and interprofessional teamwork--to direct their organizations’ response to major health-related emergencies. Coursera partners with more than 200 universities and companies worldwide to offer a range of learning opportunities to people and organizations—from hands-on projects and courses to certificates and degree programs.
“Leadership for Public Health Crises offers people an opportunity to be expand their knowledge in leadership as it relates to public health,” said Gregory Homish, professor and chair in SPHHP's Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, who helped develop the specialization. “The flexible online platform is ideal for traditional students but also working professionals. This also can serve as a foundation for further graduate education in public health.” UB offers a master of public health degree in both in-person and fully online formats.
In addition to the courses, students of the special series will undertake a hands-on learning project. At the close of their work, they will receive a certificate they can share with employers and their professional network.