Harvard Online FAQs

No. All of our courses are 100 percent online, and available to participants regardless of their location.

There are no formal class times. All learning happens online, asynchronously, so participants are able to complete the course on their own time, at their own pace. That said, for courses offered through HBS Online or GetSmarter, certain deadlines must be met on a scheduled weekly basis with the goal of keeping the group focused on the same topic to maximize social interactions.

Our courses have been developed by some of the most renowned Harvard faculty and leading experts. Although professors will not have direct, real-time interactions with learners, you will hear from them via short videos that explain key concepts and guide you through cases, exercises, and other interactive learning elements to create a highly engaging educational experience. In addition, we encourage you to collaborate with your peers to find answers to any questions you may have.

We appreciate your understanding that Harvard Online faculty and guest experts featured in our courses are not available to communicate with learners directly or participate in learner-organized events.

Unless otherwise noted, all Harvard Online courses are in English.

Unless otherwise noted, your program fee covers all required course materials. All of the required materials for our courses are accessed on the course platform.

As a Harvard Online participant, you join the Harvard Online community; however, you will not be considered a Harvard student. When you earn your certificate or credential, you will not be considered a Harvard alum.

Once you've earned a Certificate, list it on your resume along with the date of completion like this:

List your credential on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

Certificate Programs

Harvard Online

Certificate in [Course Name]

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

 

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [the year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in [Course Name]

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: “Complete”

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

 

Course Platforms

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Harvard Online courses are delivered through the HBS Online, edX, and GetSmarter learning platforms.

We offer self-paced programs (with weekly deadlines) on the HBS Online course platform.

The HBS Online platform features short videos of Harvard faculty and leading experts, interactive graphs and exercises, and opportunities to contribute to a vibrant online community.

 

You can now find all Harvard Online courses on this website. While these programs are still delivered via HBS Online’s course platform, they’ve been moved to a new website due to their interdisciplinary nature. 

HBS Online will continue to focus on delivering business-focused certificate courses, while the Harvard Online website offers programs that combine faculty and disciplines from across the university—from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to Harvard Medical School and beyond.

 

Your certificate is absolutely still valid. You do not need to change how it’s presented on your resume or LinkedIn.  

We offer self-paced programs on the edX platform. You can work through the course on your own schedule. For audit learners, you will have access to the course materials from your enrollment date for the length of the course advertised on the enrollment page. For Verified Track learners working towards a certificate, you will need to successfully complete the course before the course close date in order to qualify for the certificate.

You can find more information on edX courses here.

Learners enrolled in a verified track on edX must first agree to the edX Honor Code when accessing the first graded assignment of their course. By agreeing to the honor code and using edX.org, learners are agreeing to be legally bound by the agreements and the terms of services of edX.

You can find more information on the edX Honor Code.
 

The edX Help Center has a large collection of articles that may provide the answer you are seeking. The help center also has many articles that can guide you on your learning journey.

You can also contact edX by creating a support ticket.

We offer online short courses on the GetSmarter platform. Learners complete course work that is broken up into weekly modules.

Each weekly module may include interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, presentations, assignment briefs, and/or additional web resources.

Learners will also have access to a Success Advisor from GetSmarter for any administrative or technical assistance. You can find more answers to frequently asked questions on GetSmarter courses here.

For questions and assistance with GetSmarter courses, you can contact GetSmarter through their contact page.
 

For Organizations

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Visit our For Organizations page to learn more.

Organizations that enter into an official agreement with Harvard Online determine the employees they would like to participate in a course or program. Unlike our enrollment process for individuals, applications are not required of individuals within organizational groups and no selection criteria will be applied by Harvard Online.

Harvard Online will provide the organization with periodic progress reports detailing exactly how each participant is faring in the course. These reports have useful data on progress and quiz scores (if applicable), and will highlight participants who may need further assistance.

Harvard Online has a Program Services team tasked with ensuring each organization stays informed and supported throughout the experience. Each organization will have access to a dedicated email address through which change requests, information, advice on how to answer participant inquiries, and anything else that may be requested.

Organization participants will have access to a number of services to help them succeed. Harvard Online provides ongoing email communications before, during, and after the course to keep learners informed and on track for completion. We have a global Support Team, which is available via email 24/7 to resolve any technical or course-related issues participants may face.
 

Harvard Online agreements—which can cover multiple courses/cohorts for the span of one calendar year—will require the following:

  • Identification of a primary contact and a billing contact
  • Company address
  • Number of participants (contract commitment)
  • Timing of cohort(s)

The agreement also includes relevant details about the following: 

  • Additional participant/withdraw/refund policy
  • Invoicing and payment terms
  • Information on use of name and logo

Harvard Online agreements are based on a universal, standard template. Redlining, edits, or additional/modified provisions are generally not allowed. Contract terms are generally up to one calendar year and are governed by US/Massachusetts law.

In general, once consensus has been reached on course planning, agreements can be drafted and reviewed in approximately two to four weeks. Requests for non-standard terms or modifications will extend contract review time. A signed contract is required before enrollment can begin.

Once your contract is finalized, you will receive communication from the Program Services team. Your Program Services Manager will walk you through the onboarding and participant registration process. Your delivery manager will also be the central point of contact for any questions or concerns you have before, during, and after your program experience.

All learners can reach our global, 24/7 Support Team at hbsonlinesupport@hbs.edu. This team handles all technical and course-related inquiries participants may have throughout the program.

Each organization has a Program Services Manager dedicated to helping each organization through the course experience.
 

Final Reports

Harvard Online will provide you with a final progress report at the end of the program. Once the final deadline has passed, the Harvard Online team begins evaluations to decide which participants are eligible for a certificate of completion. Participants can expect to receive final decisions 30 to 60 days after the end of the program.

Credentials/Certificates

For those participants deemed eligible, credentials and certificates are mailed to the mailing address provided during course registration. Hard copies and electronic versions of certificates are sent to all participants who qualify.

Access to Materials

Participants will have access to course materials for an additional 60 days following the final deadline in a program. All learners will automatically be subscribed to ongoing updates from Harvard Online.
 

Big Data For Social Good

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

Apply Now

No previous background in statistics or programming is required for this course.

Yes! This course is particularly good for those who aren’t data scientists or economists, but who would like to understand how these methods can be used to create social impact.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Big Data for Social Good. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Big Data for Social Good

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Big Data for Social Good

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Big Data for Social Good encourages learners to think critically about important social questions such as education policy, upward income mobility, and racial disparities and helps them understand how statistical methods, economic approaches, and big data can not only answer these questions but also impact policies that lead to improved outcomes and greater economic opportunity around the world.

For all courses on the course platform, new modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. We also offer discounts on select courses to learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Yes, for this course we offer a 30% discount for learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

Eligibility is determined by a prospective learner’s email address, ending in .org, .gov., .mil, or .edu. Interested learners can apply below for the discount and, if eligible, will receive a promo code to enter when completing payment information to enroll in a Harvard Online program.

Apply for a Discount

Data Privacy And Technology

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

Apply Now

No mathematics or programming experience is required for this course. Data Privacy and Technology is designed for a general audience and is unique in its framing of privacy issues as a composite ethical, business, technology, and societal concern. Although specific techniques for how to anonymize data are explored, the course focuses more on theories of privacy and how to think critically about privacy issues from multiple angles: exploring policy, cultural, and societal impacts. There are no coding exercises in the course. Assignments include reflection exercises, where learners consider their own attitudes and experiences related to privacy, and critical-thinking exercises that put the learner in the role of a decision-maker in real-life scenarios.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Data Privacy and Technology

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Data Privacy and Technology

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Data Privacy and Technology is a Harvard Online course that encourages learners to think critically about the trade-offs and challenges presented by the ever-changing role of technology. Learners explore legal and ethical implications of one’s personal data, the risks and rewards of data collection and surveillance, and the needs for policy, advocacy, and privacy monitoring.

 

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Data Privacy and Technology. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. We also offer discounts on select courses to learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Yes, for this course we offer a 30% discount for learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

Eligibility is determined by a prospective learner’s email address, ending in .org, .gov., .mil, or .edu. Interested learners can apply below for the discount and, if eligible, will receive a promo code to enter when completing payment information to enroll in a Harvard Online program.

Apply for a Discount

Data Science Principles

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

Apply Now

Data Science Principles focuses on the conceptual level. No mathematics or programming experience is required.

Yes! This course is particularly good for those who aren’t data scientists, but who need to work with them as managers, decision-makers, or colleagues.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Data Science Principles. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

These courses cover different topics related to data and analytics and do so in different ways.

Data Science Principles introduces key concepts in data science—such as prediction, causality, visualization, data wrangling, privacy, and ethics—but does so without coding or mathematical application. The course is intended for organizational leaders and managers to be prepared to act on data analysis and to decide whether data science applications are appropriate tools for their businesses or organizations. The course is also well suited for business operations specialists to understand the building blocks of basic data visualization.

Data Science for Business moves beyond the spreadsheet and provides a hands-on approach for demystifying the data science ecosystem and making you a more conscientious consumer of information. Starting with the questions you need to ask when using data for decision-making, this course will help you know when to trust your data and how to interpret the results. By the end of the course, you should understand how to create a data-driven framework for your organization or yourself; develop hypotheses and insights from visualization; identify data mistakes or missing components; and speak the language of data science across themes such as forecasting, linear regressions, and machine learning to better lead your team to long-term success. You will learn how to create a compelling story that uses proven, collected data to make core business decisions, and explore coding environments such as R and visualization software.

 

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Data Science Principles

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Data Science Principles

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Data Science Principles is an online course that allows you to gain a familiarity with the fundamental concepts and use of data science, including prediction, causality, data wrangling, privacy, and ethics.

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

 

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. We also offer discounts on select courses to learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Yes, for this course we offer a 30% discount for learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

Eligibility is determined by a prospective learner’s email address, ending in .org, .gov., .mil, or .edu. Interested learners can apply below for the discount and, if eligible, will receive a promo code to enter when completing payment information to enroll in a Harvard Online program.

Apply for a Discount

Data Science for Business

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

Apply Now

Data Science for Business focuses primarily on concepts, but a basic understanding of algebra and statistics will be helpful. For example, understanding the mean, or the difference between ordinal and continuous variables will be relevant.

Yes! This course is particularly good for those who aren’t data scientists, but who need to work with them as managers, decision-makers, or colleagues.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Data Science for Business. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

These courses cover different topics related to data and analytics and do so in different ways.

Data Science Principles introduces key concepts in data science—such as prediction, causality, visualization, data wrangling, privacy, and ethics—but does so without coding or mathematical application. The course is intended for organizational leaders and managers to be prepared to act on data analysis and to decide whether data science applications are appropriate tools for their businesses or organizations. The course is also well suited for business operations specialists to understand the building blocks of basic data visualization.

Data Science for Business moves beyond the spreadsheet and provides a hands-on approach for demystifying the data science ecosystem and making you a more conscientious consumer of information. Starting with the questions you need to ask when using data for decision-making, this course will help you know when to trust your data and how to interpret the results. By the end of the course, you should understand how to create a data-driven framework for your organization or yourself; develop hypotheses and insights from visualization; identify data mistakes or missing components; and speak the language of data science across themes such as forecasting, linear regressions, and machine learning to better lead your team to long-term success. You will learn how to create a compelling story that uses proven, collected data to make core business decisions, and explore coding environments such as R and visualization software.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Data Science for Business

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Data Science for Business

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Data Science for Business is an online course that focuses on data-driven frameworks for decision-making and includes developing insights from visualizations, identifying data mistakes or missing components, and speaking the language of data science across themes such as forecasting, linear regressions, and machine learning.

 

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Digital Health

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

Apply Now

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Digital Health. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

At the end of the course, you will be able to download a PDF summary highlighting key concepts that were introduced throughout the course. We hope the summary document will serve as a helpful resource after you finish the course.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Digital Health

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Digital Health

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Digital Health explores the opportunities and difficulties facing widespread adoption and explores innovative frameworks to think strategically about adopting and implementing digital transformation in your organization.

Digital Health is an introductory level course that focuses on opportunities and difficulties in adopting innovative technologies in health care.

No prerequisite medical or healthcare technology (such as coding or programming) knowledge is required.

This course is meant to build a better understanding of the factors that contribute to the success of new digital initiatives in health care and examine unique challenges such as stakeholder needs, data security, and developing sustainable business models. While it is beneficial for anyone working in or with the health care sector, it will especially benefit:

  • Health care leaders who are managing, developing, or investing in digital solutions
  • Developers and tech entrepreneurs looking to create tools to improve health and healthcare
  • Healthcare investors and consultants interested in working with innovative health care technologies

 

 The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have access to claim their credits through the Harvard Medical School’s continuing education platform.

 

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

 

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Financial Analysis And Valuation For Lawyers

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

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A finance or accounting background is not necessary.

Yes. Most of the course requires no legal knowledge. In a few places, the material will use legal settings and knowledge to motivate or situate the concepts the course teaches, but the course should still be generally accessible without in-depth legal education.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Course Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers is an online course designed to help you navigate your organization or client’s financial goals while increasing profitability and minimizing risks. Through examples of business valuations and presentations from real-world practitioners, this course helps legal professionals interpret financial data, make a business case, and know what types of experts can help support your argument.

 

In order to ensure the optimal educational experience for our learners, Financial Analysis and Valuation for Lawyers is now a 6-week course so that participants can spend more time each week with the concepts covered in the materials. The course will continue to deliver the same content.

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

 

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

 

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Course Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Health Care Economics

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

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Health Care Economics is an introductory course that focuses on how basic economic principles affect health care spending. No prerequisite knowledge of economics is required, but a basic understanding of algebra and familiarity with reading charts and graphs will be helpful.

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Health Care Economics. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

At the end of the course, you will be able to download a PDF summary highlighting key concepts that were introduced throughout the course. We hope the summary document will serve as a helpful resource after you finish the course.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Health Care Economics

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Health Care Economics

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Health Care Economics is an online course that allows you to explore how fundamental economic forces shape health care, and the ways that changing policies can influence the decisions made by patients, providers, and other industry leaders.

Medical professionals who complete the course are eligible for 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through Harvard Medical School. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have access to register and claim their credits through the Harvard Medical School’s continuing education platform.

Yes. If you successfully completed Health Care Economics before March 30th, 2022, the course will be counted toward earning your Certificate of Specialization in Strategy through HBS Online.

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Health Care Strategy

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

Apply Now

Health Care Strategy is an introductory course that will enable you to create and capture value, define the mission of your organization, and lead your organization to success with confidence.
No prerequisite knowledge is required.

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Health Care Strategy. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

At the end of the course, you will be able to download a PDF summary highlighting key concepts that were introduced throughout the course. We hope the summary document will serve as a helpful resource after you finish the course.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Health Care Strategy

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Health Care Strategy

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Health Care Strategy is an online course that will help you align the principles of business strategy with the unique challenges and structures of health care organizations.

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Medical professionals who complete the course are eligible for 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through Harvard Medical School. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have access to register and claim their credits through the Harvard Medical School’s continuing education platform.

Open Innovation

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This course requires the completion of a brief application. If you are new to Harvard Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice.

Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program.

After submitting your application, you should receive an email confirmation from HBS Online. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders and double-check your account to make sure the application was successfully submitted.

Updates to your application and enrollment status will be shown on your Dashboard. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

Apply Now

This course presents a foundational understanding of open innovation, helping you not only solve some of your most difficult problems but also gain access to a pool of talent that goes far beyond your organization's walls. No prerequisites required.

Participants are expected to fully complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This will mean meeting each week’s course module deadlines and fully answering questions posed therein. This helps ensure participants proceed through the course at a similar pace and can take full advantage of social learning opportunities. In addition to module and assignment completion, we expect you to offer feedback on others’ reflections and contribute to conversations on the platform. Participants who fail to complete the course requirements will not receive a certificate and will not be eligible to retake the course.

More detailed information on course requirements will be communicated at the start of the course. No grades are assigned for Open Innovation. Participation will either be evaluated as complete or incomplete.

You will have access to the materials in every prior module as you progress through the program. Access to course materials and the course platform ends 60 days after the final deadline in the program.

At the end of the course, you will be able to download a PDF summary highlighting key concepts that were introduced throughout the course. We hope the summary document will serve as a helpful resource after you finish the course.

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion:

Harvard Online

Certificate in Open Innovation

[Cohort Start Month and Year]

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: Harvard Online

Dates Attended: [The year you participated in the program]

Degree: Other; Certificate in Open Innovation

Field of Study: Leave blank

Grade: Complete

Activities and Societies: Leave blank

For the program description on LinkedIn, please use the following:

Open Innovation is an online course that teaches you how to identify, distill, and solve organizational problems with outside solutions. 

New modules will be released on a regular schedule. You will set your own daily or weekly schedule and adjust it as necessary, but you’ll need to complete modules within a pre-set timeframe as there are critical elements that require the cohort to progress at a similar rate.

This course is designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for programs on the course platform at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

The course platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or "high" quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive a hard copy of a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, as well as a Certified Electronic Credential. Certificates are delivered by mail to your home address six to eight weeks after you have been notified of your certificate eligibility.

After the final deadline in your course, our team reviews all participant coursework. Once this is review is complete, you’ll be notified of your final eligibility via email. Certificates and credentials are currently available as Certified Electronic Credential and printed formats. Your Certified Electronic Credential will be delivered to your email address after this review of coursework is complete. Your complementary printed certificate will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail and may take eight weeks or more to arrive at its destination. No tracking information is available for certificate shipments.

We offer discounts to past participants of select Harvard Online courses, who can receive 30% off the Program Fee on their next qualifying Harvard Online course. We also offer discounts on select courses to learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

You can find more information on discounts and eligibility here.

Yes, for this course we offer a 30% discount for learners who work in nonprofits, government, military, or education. 

Eligibility is determined by a prospective learner’s email address, ending in .org, .gov., .mil, or .edu. Interested learners can apply below for the discount and, if eligible, will receive a promo code to enter when completing payment information to enroll in a Harvard Online program.

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HarvardX Data Science Professional Certificate

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Yes! You don’t need to be a data scientist to take these courses. The HarvardX Data Science Professional Certificate is designed for those who want to learn the fundamentals of data science and programming with R. 

No prerequisites are required. However, courses later in the series will assume you have the knowledge and skills acquired from earlier courses. 

We suggest learners take the courses in the order in which they appear on the HarvardX Data Science Professional Certificate page.  

Yes, to maximize flexibility learners can complete the courses across different runs of the course. 

However each individual course must be completed within the same course run as progress on an individual course will not transfer between course runs.

Courses in the HarvardX Data Science Professional certificate teaches learners the fundamental knowledge of data science, including essential data science skills such as data wrangling, programming with R, data visualization and other skills. 

The HarvardX CS50 courses teaches learners the fundamentals of computer science including some commonly used programming languages such as C, Python, SQL, JavaScript plus CSS, and HTML.Learners in CS50 can explore computer science, mobile app and game development, business technologies, and the art of programming in other CS50 courses.

For more information on CS50 on edX visit the CS50 page
 

HarvardX CS50 Computer Science Courses

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Yes! You don’t need to be a computer programmer to start CS50 courses. The HarvardX CS50 courses are designed for those who want to learn the fundamentals of computer science including some commonly used programming languages such as C, Python, SQL, JavaScript plus CSS, and HTML. More advanced courses in the CS50 collection may have prerequisites. 

There are no prerequisites for CS50's Introduction to Computer Science and CS50's Introduction to Programming with Python.

Other courses as part of the CS50 collection may have varying degrees of prerequistes, which may include CS50's Introduction to Computer Science

For more information on prerequisites, please visit https://www.edx.org/cs50 and check the details in the course page. You will find the prerequisites listed in the section “At a Glance”.

Yes, to maximize flexibility learners can complete the courses across different runs of the course. 

However each individual course must be completed within the same course run as progress on an individual course will not transfer between course runs.

Yes, to maximize flexibility learners can complete the courses across different runs of the course. 

However each individual course must be completed within the same course run as progress on an individual course will not transfer between course runs.

The HarvardX CS50 courses teaches learners the fundamentals of computer science including some commonly used programming languages such as C, Python, SQL, JavaScript plus CSS, and HTML. Learners in CS50 can explore computer science, mobile app and game development, business technologies, and the art of programming in other CS50 courses.

Courses in the HarvardX Data Science Professional certificate teaches learners the fundamental knowledge of data science, including essential data science skills such as data wrangling, programming with R, data visualization and other skills. 

For more information on the HarvardX Data Science Professional Certificate on edX, click here.