I first mentioned Coursera about a year ago, when I hired a new analyst in my core. This new hire came in as a very competent Python programmer with a molecular biology and microbial ecology background, but with very little experience in statistics. I got him to take Roger Peng’s Computing for Data Analysis course and Jeff Leek’s Data Analysis course, and four weeks later he was happily doing statistical analysis in R for gene expression experiments for several of our clients.
Today, Coursera announced Specializations – sequences of courses offered by the same institution, with the option of earning a specialization certificate from the University teaching the courses upon successful completion.
Among others, several specializations that look particularly interesting are:
This course, one of the longer specializations, is taught by Brian Caffo, Roger Peng, and Jeff Leek at Johns Hopkins. The courses in the specialization include:
Check out the Coursera Specializations page for other Coursera series.