In my previous post End of Time at U of M – Regrets?, I mentioned that I had planned to take a health analytics course and mentioned what a cool idea it was. You’re thinking this doesn’t sound so cool but, I assure you, it is. Please read on…
First of all, some of you don’t realize this, but there is a lot of on-line courseware available and at no cost. I’ve seen courses where you can also pay modest fees to get a class certificate to show that you took a course and passed its exercises, quizaes and tests, or you can actually pay full price and take it as an accredited class to go toward a degree.
The most famous is probably OCW (Open CourseWare) from MIT but many, many other schools have them, as well. They’re called MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course). University of Michigan has these, as well.
U of M Health Analytics
So, let me return to the story – my work group asked if we’d like to take a health analytics course together. We would get a conference room, probably scheduled over lunch since we would have to do it on our own time, and would take the on-line course, together. This way we could have topical discussions, work on homework together, that sort of thing. Here is the course:
Data Science and Predictive Analytics (UMich HS650)
In my previous post, I did mention that some of this was the basis for my early career. And I was quite excited for this opportunity to be part of the group because, after all, if you wait long enough, opportunity finally comes to you, doesn’t it? 😉
But you now also know the story that I won’t be around for this group’s venture into health analytics. However, it’s a free course and I’m actually quite excited to see what I can do with it. I plan to at least start it and see how things go. After all, it could be fun, right? (says the person with a math degree)
But the reason I’m writing this is encourage all of you who want to take a course, don’t have the time or money to take it on a college campus, and have colleagues that have a similar interest to do it as a group learning. It could be fun and, if you doubt you can do it on your own, this would be a great way to see if you can accomplish it and possibly have some help.
I mentioned this Health Analytics course but when you get out into the on-line courses, you’ll find just multitudes of things from which to select and in many, many categories.
Any Reader’s Done This?
If any of you have done this at your organization, please speak-up. I haven’t yet run across anyone else doing this, together, but if you have, it might be interesting to hear what course you did this with and any details around the experience.