Harvard FXB Online Classes Through HarvardX


The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (Harvard FXB) offers two courses through HarvardX, the University-wide strategic initiative to help faculty to build and create open online learning experiences. Courses are then available on edX, the online learning destination and provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). EdX, founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012, unites over 120 global partners in online course pedagogy.

Harvard FXB currently offers two online courses:

Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice

Harvard FXB has launched this new free online course: “Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice” in cooperation with Harvard’s online initiative, HarvardX. The eleven-week, self-paced course is currently open for enrollment, with content posted by January 16, 2019. Enrollment will continue after that date. The course invites learners with interest in deepening their knowledge about protecting child rights. Those seeking technical training in child protection or engaged in work with and for children are especially encouraged to enroll. A certificate is available after completion of course work for a small fee.

Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research for Harvard FXB and Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, leads the course, with assistance from several other experts. The course draws on case studies from over 15 countries and offers an opportunity for students to interact with a global community of learners. Together, participants will master a child-centered approach to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation, and abuse against children.

We invite you to join us to be the first to benefit from this important course.

Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

Former Harvard FXB Director (and now FXB Senior Fellow), Dr. Jennifer Leaning, with Dr. Michael Van Rooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, are co-instructors in this EdX course focused on the principles guiding humanitarian response to modern emergencies and the challenges faced in the current global climate.

At its first offering, the course enrolled more than 16,000, with students representing 188 countries. Now in its third iteration, this course from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and HarvardX seeks to prepare learners to recognize and analyze emerging challenges in the humanitarian field. The course explores the ethical and professional principles that guide humanitarian response to conflict and disaster. Participants will learn the legal and historical frameworks that shaped these principles, test their applicability to the challenges faced by humanitarian actors today.

Through four case studies covering the responses to crises in Goma (Zaire), Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Pakistan, participants will engage with Harvard faculty, current practitioners, and one another. These cases introduce major trends affecting the current landscape of humanitarian response – including rapid population displacement, violence against aid workers, and civil-military engagement. Thoughtfully engaging with this course will prepare participants to be informed and aware humanitarian practitioners, scholars, policy-makers, and global citizens.

Go to the course for enrollment and further details.