Columbia University's Department of Epidemiology has a summer institute every June called episummer@columbia that enables anyone anywhere in the world to engage in the world-class coursework and high-quality instruction offered at Columbia University. It provides opportunities to gain foundational knowledge and applied skills for advancing population health research. episummer@columbia’s intensive short courses are offered in synchronous or asynchronous online learning formats.  Registrants for episummer@columbia courses need access to high-speed internet. Specific information about online access is provided to registrants before the course begins.

episummer@columbia: synchronous learning

Our synchronous courses vary in length from 4 hours to 20 hours delivered in an online live format.   These courses are offered only on a specific date and time allowing registrants the ability to interact live with their episummer@columbia course instructor and other registrants.

episummer@columbia: asynchronous learning

Each asynchronous course, varying in length from 5 hours to 40 hours, contains lectures and course material presented online with materials released by the instructor accordingly. The flexible format will include video or audio recordings of lecture material, file sharing and topical discussion fora, self-assessment exercises, real-time electronic office hours and access to instructors for feedback during the course.