About JHSPH OpenCourseWare


What is JHSPH OpenCourseWare?

OCW makes JHSPH course materials used in the teaching of actual courses freely and openly available on the Web. You may share and adapt the materials on OCW under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Why is JHSPH doing this?

JHSPH sees OCW as an important component of the School’s mission (Protecting Health, Saving Lives - Millions at a Time). OCW is true to JHSPH's values of excellence, innovation and leadership. JHSPH OCW contributes to the "shared intellectual commons" in academia, which fosters collaboration across JHSPH and among other scholars across disciplines and around the world.

How does JHSPH OCW differ from JHSPH Online Courses?

JHSPH Online Courses involve the active exchange of information between faculty and students, assessment opportunities, and verification of learning outcomes. Furthermore, academic credit is awarded for successful completion of JHSPH Online Courses. To explore JHSPH Online Courses, visit http://distance.jhsph.edu/.

JHSPH OCW is not meant to replace degree-granting higher education or for-credit courses. Rather, the goal is to freely and openly provide the content that supports an education.

When do classes start?

OpenCourseWare Web sites differ from academic classes in that they are simply snapshots of content available in an academic course without any interaction with faculty or students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. You are free to review the information on an OpenCourseWare Web site at your own pace, free of charge. There is no set schedule for viewing OpenCourseWare materials. If you are interested in taking an academic class complete with faculty and student interaction, please visit http://www.jhsph.edu/courses to explore your options.

Will JHSPH OCW always be free and openly available to anyone in the world?

JHSPH is committed to JHSPH OCW materials remaining freely and openly available. Even as we continue to grow and evolve, our OCW materials will always remain free and open to all. Along with this commitment to remaining free and open, JHSPH OCW is also committed to the ideas that JHSPH OCW is not a credit- or degree-granting initiative and that users will never have to register to view course materials.

How do I register to use JHSPH OCW course materials?

Because JHSPH OCW is not a credit- or degree-granting initiative, there is no registration process required for users to view course materials. JHSPH OCW is a publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of a JHSPH education.

Where are the course materials?

Visit the OCW home page to browse or search for available courses. Once you have accessed a particular course site, the left-hand navigation bar of each course homepage will detail what materials are available for each individual course.

How is JHSPH organized academically?

There are ten academic departments that make up the School. Below is a list:

  • Health, Behavior & Society
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management
  • International Health
  • Mental Health
  • Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • Population, Family & Reproductive Health

How can I use JHSPH OCW course materials?

JHSPH OCW is a collection of the course materials that support a JHSPH education. Educators are encouraged to use the materials for curriculum and lecture development, students can augment their current learning by making use of the materials offered, and independent learners are encouraged to draw upon the JHSPH OCW for personal enrichment and study. Course materials offered on the JHSPH OCW website may be used, copied, distributed, translated and modified under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Does JHSPH OCW offer discounts on textbooks or software applications used in the course materials?

JHSPH OCW does not sell, offer vendor discounts for, or represent any vendor who sells the software, books, or other materials that users of JHSPH OCW may require to understand the course materials offered on JHSPH OCW.

I have seen (or I am/represent) an individual, organization or institution that offers to teach JHSPH courses or tutor students based on JHSPH materials. Does JHSPH approve or recognize such individuals or organizations?
No, JHSPH has no relationship with, grants no special permission to, and does not approve, endorse or certify any organizations, teachers, tutors or other service providers who use educational materials available on the JHSPH OCW website in connection with their services. Except for students admitted to and enrolled at the School of Public Health, JHSPH does not endorse the granting of any kind of degree, certificate or other recognition for participation in or completion of any course of study based on or using published JHSPH course materials.

May I or my organization state on our website or in our literature that we make use of JHSPH OCW course materials?

In accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, you must give credit to JHSPH and the faculty author of the course materials anytime you use JHSPH OCW materials. However, JHSPH prohibits any reference to JHSPH (including the JHSPH name in any of its forms or JHSPH seals or logos) that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests, or in JHSPH's sole judgment gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by JHSPH.

Who owns the intellectual property published on the JHSPH OCW website?

JHSPH and its faculty own the materials published on JHSPH OCW. The Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license grants limited rights to the OCW materials, but it does not transfer copyright to OCW visitors.

Prior to making any course materials publicly available, the JHSPH OCW team extensively reviews all materials to determine the correct ownership of the materials and obtain the appropriate licenses to make the materials openly available on the Web. We will promptly remove any material that is determined to be infringing on the rights of others. If you believe that any portion of the JHSPH OCW materials infringes on another's copyright, please contact jhsphocw@gmail.com.

What are the requirements of use for JHSPH OCW users?

The underlying premise and purpose of JHSPH OCW is to make course materials used in JHSPH courses freely and openly available to others for non-commercial educational purposes. Through JHSPH OCW, JHSPH grants the right to anyone to use the materials, either "as is," or in a modified form. There is no restriction on how a user can modify the materials for the user's purpose. Materials may be edited, translated, combined with someone else's materials, reformatted, or changed in any other way. However, there are three requirements that a JHSPH OCW user must meet to use the materials:

  • Non-commercial: Use of JHSPH OCW materials is open to all except for profit-making entities who charge a fee for access to educational materials.
  • Attribution: Any and all use or reuse of the material, including use of derivative works (new materials that incorporate or draw on the original materials), must be attributed to JHSPH and, if a faculty member's name is associated with the material, to that person as well.
  • Share alike: Any publication or distribution of original or derivative works, including production of electronic or printed Web site materials or placement of materials on a website, must offer the works freely and openly to others under the same terms that JHSPH OCW first made the works available to the user.

How does JHSPH define non-commercial use?

A commercial use involves charging a direct or indirect fee for use of the JHSPH OCW materials, or any derived or modified version of JHSPH OCW material, or any other commercial exploitation of JHSPH OCW materials. All uses, reuse and distribution of JHSPH OCW material, including works derived from JHSPH OCW material, must be attributed to JHSPH OCW and to the original authors where identified on the JHSPH OCW materials you choose to distribute. If you would like to use JHSPH OCW course materials, but you are unsure whether your intended use qualifies as non-commercial use, please contact jhsphocw@gmail.com for clarification.

How do I properly cite my reuse of JHSPH OCW materials?

If you choose to reuse or repost JHSPH OCW materials, you must give proper attribution to the original JHSPH faculty author(s). Please use the following citation format: [Author Name], [Course Title]. JHSPH OpenCourseWare. http://ocw.jhsph.edu. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

Are JHSPH faculty required to participate in JHSPH OCW?

No. Participation of JHSPH faculty in JHSPH OCW is voluntary.

How do I contact a specific member of the JHSPH faculty?

JHSPH OCW is intended as a publication of JHSPH course materials on the Web, and not as an interactive experience with JHSPH faculty.

Is it within the JHSPH OCW use license to translate the course materials?

JHSPH asks that any JHSPH OCW materials translated into other languages from the original English be accompanied by the following disclaimer: "These JHSPH OpenCourseWare course materials have been translated into [YOUR LANGUAGE] by [YOUR INSTITUTION]. JHSPH OpenCourseWare makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the materials, express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or the absence of errors, whether or not discoverable. JHSPH OpenCourseWare bears no responsibility for any inaccuracies in translation. Any inaccuracies or other defects contained in this material, due to inaccuracies in language translation, are the sole responsibility of [YOUR INSTITUTION] and not JHSPH OpenCourseWare."

Why will a PDF that I have downloaded not open?

If you cannot open a PDF file downloaded from the JHSPH OCW Web site, you will need to update to the latest version of the Adobe Reader, available at http://get.adobe.com/reader/


What information does JHSPH OCW collect from visitors to the website?

The information we learn from visitors helps us improve the JHSPH OCW site, and assists our foundation sponsors in evaluating the usage, access and impact of JHSPH OCW on the worldwide educational community. JHSPH OCW collects the following information from visitors:

  • Information You Provide: We receive and store any information you enter on our website or give us in any other way. You provide such information when you contact us by email, fill out a form that includes your contact information, or agree to participate in a visitor survey. If you voluntarily provide your email address or other contact information, we will not share personal information with anyone without first requesting your explicit permission to do so.
  • Information That Is Automatically Gathered: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with the JHSPH OCW website. Like many websites, we make use of "cookies," which allow us to automatically obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses http://ocw.jhsph.edu. Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the address used to connect your computer to the JHSPH OCW site; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system and platform; and content you viewed or searched for during your visit to JHSPH OCW. Collecting this information allows us to track your use of the site anonymously and to analyze patterns of site use such as repeat visits, length of visits and breadth of content used, for example. None of this information is personally identifiable or linked back to you as an individual.

How do I create a Zip file to upload on the Share page?

Windows: Navigate to and select the file you want to zip. If you are zipping more than one file, hold the Ctrl key while clicking each file in turn. Right click on the selected file(s) and move to the “Send to” option. Click the “Compressed (zipped) folder” option to create the Zip file.

Mac: In Finder, navigate to and select the file you want to zip. If you are zipping more than one file, hold the command key while clicking each file in turn. Right click on the selected file(s) and select the “Compress files” option to create the Zip file.

How can I support JHSPH OCW with a financial donation?

It is generous of you to offer a financial contribution to support JHSPH OCW. This is a wonderful endorsement of what we hope to achieve. If you wish to make such a donation, please use the "Giving to JHSPH" website. Use the site's secure, online giving form at http://www.jhsph.edu/Giving. When filling out the gift form, the JHSPH OCW fund name is "OpenCourseWare."

How do I apply for admission to JHSPH as a student?

Those interested in applying to be full-time students at JHSPH are encouraged to contact the JHSPH Admissions Office.