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Johns Hopkins: Online Course Taught via Coursera by Bloomberg School Faculty Recognized by Business Insider

Psychological First Aid“, an online course developed by Johns Hopkins faculty, is among 13 Coursera offerings highlighted recently by Business Insider for both high enrollment and high completion rate. The latter measure is a metric that signals how much value the course provides to its students, the publication says.

The course is taught by Dr. George Everly, an adjunct professor in Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of International Health.

To date, more than 91,000 students have enrolled in the Johns Hopkins “Psychological First Aid” class via Coursera, a massive open online course portal that partners with universities to develop course content.

The class teaches students the RAPID model — which stands for reflective listening, assessment of needs, prioritization, intervention, and disposition — designed to help support the mental health of people in an emergency. These techniques can be used to assist those in the wake of a natural disaster, military action, or outbreak of disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Red Cross recommend some form of psychological first aid following a traumatic occurrence.

The course was developed at the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness under the leadership of vice provost and chief risk and compliance officer Dr. Jon Links and with the support of research associate Ms. Natalie Semon. The center is based at the Bloomberg School.

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