PredictionX: John Snow and the Cholera Epidemic of 1854

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Brief Introduction

An in-depth look at the 1854 London cholera epidemic in Soho and its importance for the field of epidemiology.

Course Summary

Explore the iconic story of John Snow and the 1854 cholera epidemic in this course. Discover the power of data and prediction in public health.

Key Learning Points

  • Learn about the history of the 1854 cholera epidemic and John Snow's data-driven approach
  • Understand the importance of prediction in public health and its practical applications
  • Explore the ethical and societal implications of data-driven decision making in public health

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of data-driven decision making in public health
  • Apply predictive analytics to public health problems
  • Evaluate the ethical and societal implications of data-driven decision making in public health

Prerequisites or good to have knowledge before taking this course

  • Basic knowledge of data analysis and statistics
  • Familiarity with public health concepts

Course Difficulty Level


Course Format

  • Online self-paced course
  • Video lectures
  • Interactive exercises

Similar Courses

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Data Science for Public Health
  • Public Health in Humanitarian Crises

Related Education Paths

Notable People in This Field

  • John Snow
  • Florence Nightingale

Related Books


Course description

In 1854, a cholera epidemic swept through the London neighborhood of Soho. In about three weeks, over 600 people died. This incident was, tragically, not unusual in London or the rest of the 19th-century world as a whole. The scourge of cholera seemed unstoppable and, even worse, unpredictable. But one doctor — ignored by the scientific community at large — set out to prove that he knew how cholera was spread.

Join us for this one-week, immersive learning experience where we explore John Snow’s London, from the streets of Soho to the dataset that helped create the map that changed our understanding of cholera and epidemiology forever.

This course features interactive tools including an interactive ArcGIS map of the 1854 cholera outbreak and a Timeline JS of John Snow’s investigation. This module is a part of PredictionX, which looks at the history of attempts to predict the future. PredictionX courses will cover topics from omens and oracles in ancient civilizations to modern computer simulations.


  • What you'll learn
  • John Snow’s role in creating modern epidemiology
  • Description of 19th century London life

Summary of User Reviews

Discover the fascinating story of John Snow and the cholera epidemic of 1854 in this engaging online course by Harvard. Users have praised the course for its in-depth exploration and presentation of historical facts, as well as its relevance to current public health issues.

Key Aspect Users Liked About This Course

Users have particularly enjoyed the interactive elements of the course, including the virtual tour of London to trace John Snow's footsteps.

Pros from User Reviews

  • Thorough exploration of historical events
  • Interactive and engaging content
  • Relevance to current public health issues
  • Expert instructors
  • Flexible online format

Cons from User Reviews

  • Some users found the pace of the course to be slow
  • Limited opportunities for discussion with other students
  • Not suitable for those looking for a technical or scientific analysis
  • May not be challenging enough for those with prior knowledge of the topic
  • Higher price point compared to other online courses
1st Jan, 2019
31st Dec, 2023
1 week long
Alyssa Goodman
Harvard University, Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Harvard University


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