Harvard on Digital

Are you prepared for a
digital and data-driven world?

About Harvard on Digital

How can predictive analytics improve your business? What is your responsibility in protecting the privacy of your customers? Can big data be used to improve the lives of people in your community?

Simply having a digital plan of action today is no longer enough. Organizations, entrepreneurs, and leaders aspiring to succeed in today’s business world drive toward true digital transformation. Create value in digital worlds, harness the power of data, and align your goals for maximum success. 

Harvard on Digital courses provide the frameworks and methodologies to turn data into insight, technologies into strategy, and opportunities into value and responsibility. These courses are curated to help you develop a data-first mindset, improve your digital strategic thinking, and learn how to navigate, manage, and lead in these environments. Build your confidence to provide practical data insights to improve analysis, communication, and decision-making at your organization.

Harvard on Digital Courses

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Data Science Principles

Are you prepared for our data-driven world?

Data Science Principles gives you an overview of data science with a code- and math-free introduction to prediction, causality, data wrangling, privacy, and ethics.

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Data Science for Business

Move beyond the spreadsheet

Designed for managers, this course provides a hands-on approach for demystifying the data science ecosystem and making you a more conscientious consumer of information.

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Open Innovation

Solve your organization’s problems by looking outside your organization

Open innovation is a strategy that suggests the best ideas, solutions, and people necessary to solve your organization’s difficult problems may come from outside your company entirely.

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Data Privacy and Technology

Explore the risks and rewards of data privacy and collection

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.

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Big Data for Social Good

Big social problems require big data solutions

Using real-world data and policy interventions as applications, this course will teach core concepts in economics and statistics and equip you to tackle some of the most pressing social challenges of our time.

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Digital Health

The future of health care is digital

Digital technologies and big data offer tremendous opportunities to improve health care.

Earn A Certificate of Specialization

The Harvard on Digital Certificate of Specialization offers learners a Learning Path to accelerate their professional development. Harvard Online Learning Paths provide unparalleled access to a faculty of experts who introduce cutting-edge solutions to current industry challenges using the methods you can only find at Harvard.

Participants can take courses that are part of the Harvard on Digital Learning Path in any order, but we suggest they begin by taking Data Science Principles—a code- and math-free introduction to prediction, causality, data wrangling, privacy, and ethics—then move on to complete any two of the courses listed above to gain deeper insights and expertise based on their professional needs. 

Those who successfully complete three courses from the Harvard on Digital Learning Path within 18 months will earn a Certificate of Specialization, which can elevate professional standing and signify to employers a commitment to growth and lifelong learning.

In less than 18 months, learners will develop relationships with other rising leaders around the globe and cultivate skills they can immediately apply to advance their careers, strengthen their teams, and become changemakers within their organizations.

How To Get Started

Begin your Harvard on Digital Learning Path by applying for the next cohort of Data Science Principles or one of the other courses listed above. 


Who Will Benefit

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Team Leaders

Managers - Executives - Supervisors - Community Leaders

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Entrepreneurs - Small Business Owners - Non-Profit Organizers

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Rising Leaders

Recent Graduates - Early and Mid-Career Professionals

About the Faculty

Courses in the Harvard on Digital series represent the breadth and depth of Harvard University and its faculty. Learn from professors across disciplines—from Harvard Business School to the John F. Kennedy School of Government to the Harvard Graduate School of Design—and hear from experts in leading industries around the globe. Benefit from this wide-ranging expertise, studying topics from different points of view and with different categories of emphasis.

Harvard on Digital Courses in Development

Demonstrates the importance of the customer, product, and functional connections and how they create value. Participants will explore these connections through case studies featuring a variety of firms who have undergone successful digital transformation. Firms must learn to take advantage of network effects, handle both complements and competitors, and build business and operation models based on their own and their customers’ unique context.

  • Understand why and how competing in a digital arena is different from traditional competition.
  • Understand what it means to be truly customer-centric in a digital world.
  • Recognize the scope and potential for new business models in the digital arena.
  • Recognize and appreciate the barriers to effective digital change, the key success drivers, and how to overcome barriers.
  • Understand some of the myths around digital success. 
  • Appreciate what contributes to business success and failure.
  • Apply the learnings from this course to your own roles and businesses. 

More on Digital

Blogs, Webinars, and More

Building Data Science into your Strategy

Watch a webinar about how to rethink your business strategy for data-driven decisions.

What do Chick-fil-A and Stitch Fix have in common?

How can data science benefit your business decisions? By combining knowledge and analysis of data with business acumen, modern companies can become experts in data science execution.

Keeping Your Data Secure

Watch a webinar about the data privacy trade-offs and challenges presented by today’s ever-changing role of technology.

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