First MOOC in Global Adolescent Health

The University of Melbourne is launching Global Adolescent Health, the first Massive Open Online Course addressing the health concerns and outcomes for adolescents.

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The University of Melbourne is launching Global Adolescent Health, the first Massive Open Online Course addressing the health concerns and outcomes for adolescents.

Today's generation of adolescents is the largest in human history totalling 1.8 billion, more than 25% of the world's population. As many as 90% of the global adolescent population live in low to middle income countries and represent a large proportion of the population.

A person's health at adolescence lays the foundation of their future health and wellbeing.

Investing in adolescents' health and wellbeing has social, economic and other benefits that continue across the lifespan and into the next generation.

MOOC on Global Adolescent Health

Starting in September, the eight-week course will take a holistic view of youth health and wellbeing and will explore:

  • changing patterns of adolescent health and development
  • why adolescence is starting earlier and ending later
  • how puberty and adolescent brain development may shape future health
  • major health issues such as mental health, sexual and reproductive health, injury and accidents, non-communicable diseases and health risk behaviours
  • social determinants of health in adolescence
  • adolescent health policy and programming

While you will get the most out of the course by starting on day one, participants can sign up anytime during the eight-week period and catch up on the video lectures and readings.

Sign up for the MOOC via Coursera

Further study

The MOOC on Global Adolescent Health provides an introduction for further study in adolescent health.

The University of Melbourne offers the only accredited course in adolescent health in Australia and covers the social, psychological and environmental issues that impact adolescent health, and provides the tools to help improve health outcomes for young people, their families and the community.

  • Master of Adolescent Health & Wellbeing
  • Graduate Diploma of Adolescent Health & Wellbeing
  • Graduate Certificate of Adolescent Health & Wellbeing

For information on accredited courses in adolescent health, visit medicine.unimelb.edu.au.

The University of Melbourne is a world leader in adolescent health research with a dedicated research centre in Adolescent Health led by Professors Susan Sawyer and George Patton. The centre is a joint venture between the University, the Royal Children's Hospital and Murdoch Childrens' Institute who are dedicated to improving health outcomes for adolescents. In 2015, the World Health Organization named the centre the first WHO Collaborating Centre in Adolescent Health outside of Europe.