Dr Laura Gitlin, professor of community public health and director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and her colleague Nancy Hodgson, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing have developed the course.
The course will be offered through Coursera, an online platform where students watch video lectures and participate in online chat rooms.
The course content focuses on the lived experience of dementia and provides guidance on person-centred care.
Dr Gitlin told the New York Times in an interview: “The point is to help people understand Alzheimer’s disease from a comprehensive perspective that encompasses not only its medical implications but social, psychological and environmental considerations.”
The course will be followed by a series of web-based seminars, hosted by Johns Hopkins which will provide further detail on the topics covered in the course.
Read more about the course in an article published in the New York Times online.