About this Course
This course aims to help high school students, recent graduates, and those considering career transitions explore health care career options and learn strategies for entry into the health care workforce and health related fields. There are lots of amazing job opportunities in medicine and healthcare! Join us, as we share the strategies and secrets for getting those jobs. This course will introduce you to healthcare professions, help you map a path towards a health career, and impart skills relevant for any career, including: articulating your personal story, resume and cover letter writing, job search, interviewing, professional networking, and professional communications. In this course, you will hear the personal stories, experiences, and journeys of dozens of people who work in health related careers. You will also have the opportunity to connect with a supportive community of students, mentors, and health care professionals to explore your interests, find resources, and discover exciting new opportunities. The course features more than 50 different guests and lecturers, including Northwestern University faculty from Feinberg School of Medicine; the Kellogg School of Management; the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; the School of Professional Studies; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and the School of Communication. The course is also a resource and tool through which educators, parents, career counselors and others can support students’ career readiness and professional advancement.
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Why Health?

Careers where you can make a difference in people's lives...
Reading
3 videos (Total 23 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Health Careers, Backstage Pass11m
The Balancing Act: Values & Vocational Courage6m
Reading7 readings
Syllabus10m
Schools and Institutions Page10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Meet Your Instructors10m
Toolkit (Download)10m
Resource Toolkit10m
Medical Glossary10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quest: Health Careers Scavenger Hunt38m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Day in the Life Snapshots

Healthcare professionals briefly describe what they do and introduce medical terminology...
Reading
14 videos (Total 62 min)
Video14 videos
Day in the Life: Clinical Part 25m
Day in the Life: Clinical Part 35m
Day in the Life: Clinical Part 43m
Day in the Life: Clinical Part 52m
Day in the Life: STEM Part 15m
Day in the Life: STEM Part 24m
Day in the Life: Leadership4m
Day in the Life: Policy5m
Day in the Life: Public Health & Bioinformatics 4m
Day in the Life: Military and Industry3m
Day in the Life: Community Part 15m
Day in the Life: Community Part 24m
Day in the Life: Community Part 34m

3

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Keeping it Real - Healthcare Career Journeys

Personal stories & career journeys of health professionals and students...
Reading
6 videos (Total 30 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Former Gang Member's Path to a Healthcare Career5m
Challenges, Bumps in the Road, and Opportunities5m
Even Top Ranking Leaders Can Have Non-Linear Career Trajectories5m
Opportunities That Present Themselves5m
Passion for Social Justice4m
Reading1 readings
Toolkit (Download)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quest: Strengths8m
Start on your Career Portfolio2m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Personal Story

Packaging your personal story to increase your professional opportunities...
Reading
2 videos (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
Students at Various Points in Their Careers4m
Reading1 readings
Toolkit (Download)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quest: Write an Elevator Pitch8m
Career Portfolio Check-In2m

5

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Professional Networking

How to use social networks - everyone you know - to find opportunities...
Reading
1 video (Total 6 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Reading1 readings
Toolkit (Download)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Career Portfolio Check-In2m

6

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Resume

Nuts and bolts of resume writing...
Reading
1 video (Total 6 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Reading1 readings
Toolkit (Download)10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quest: Resume14m
Quest: Writing Your Resume4m
Career Portfolio Check-In2m

7

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Cover Letter

Nuts and bolts of a cover letter...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Reading1 readings
Toolkit (Download)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quest: Cover Letter10m
Career Portfolio Check-In2m

8

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Interviews

Communication skills and presence to stand out in an interview...
Reading
1 video (Total 8 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Reading1 readings
Toolkit (Download)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quest: Preparing for an Interview10m
Career Portfolio Check-In2m

9

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Supplementary Topics

Additional Career 911 topics for success in entering a health career...
Reading
10 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
How Will You Share Your Story?9m
The Gift of Influence7m
Mindfulness as a Strategy2m
What Educational Credentials Do Employers Look For?7m
How Do You Finance Your Education?6m
How Can You Thrive in Diverse Environments?10m
Pursuing a Global Health Career5m
Keep Going!2m
Most Memorable Moments5m
Reading1 readings
Toolkit (Download)10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Plan Your Next Steps24m
Reflection6m
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Top Reviews

By TGSep 13th 2016

I took this course, because I'm an CNA and a CHHA. I want to become an RN, and this course runs down everyone's job in Healthcare. It's been very interesting to see every job in the healthcare field.

By RMOct 22nd 2016

Very Helpful! However, I don't know why I would pay for the certification?

Instructor

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Dr. Melissa A. Simon

George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology and Vice Chair of Clinical Research

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. ...

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