Harvard on Contemporary Themes

A curated series of online courses that combine
faculty and disciplines from across the University.

“If I had to select one sentence to describe the state of the world, I would say we are in a world in which global challenges are more and more integrated, and the responses are more and more fragmented, and if this is not reversed, it's a recipe for disaster.”

- UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a special address at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, January 2019


The world today is facing complex and serious challenges. The only way to address these issues is to understand their full complexity and nuance. Uniting faculty across the University, Harvard on Contemporary Themes courses prepare you to meet challenges and find new opportunities in a rapidly-shifting world.

Curated by Harvard’s own experts, these series of online courses provide learners with a thorough understanding of the intricacies within a complex idea. Harvard on Contemporary Themes will provide you with a deep perspective empowering you to solve today’s challenges.

We invite you to join us and consider yourself among the next generation of change makers.

This is Harvard today.

Current Series

Health Care Leadership

Deepen perspectives and advance insights into the strategic issues facing health care organizations today.

Driving Digital Success

Approach new digital and data strategies with an eye toward people, mindsets, and systems.

Leadership, Communication, Transformation

What kind of leader will you be?

Law in Practice

Keep up on moral, ethical, and legal arguments and continue your education beyond the classroom.