Earth’s virology course

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Each lecture of the virology course of Professor Vincent Racaniello

was recorded as a videocast and is available at the course website, at iTunes University, or on YouTube. One hundred and eighty-five Columbia University undergraduates registered for the virology course in 2013, but nearly 100,000 individuals have subscribed to the course through iTunes University.

Professor Racaniello strongly believes that the general public must understand as much as possible about viruses, so they can participate in the debate about issues that impact them, such as vaccination, H7N9, and the new coronavirus CoV-MERS. As Professor Racaniello has said before “It is my goal to be Earth’s virology professor, and this is my virology course for the planet.”

In August, the Virology course of Professor Racaniello will become the fourth course from Columbia University to be offered as a MOOC (massive open online course) via Coursera. Below is a short video which explains that offering. Click here to register for part I.

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