How do I take the free course as a member of the community?

There are two ways to enroll in the course – one that requires an email address and one that doesn’t.

  1. With email address, go to and create an account while you’re signing up for the course.
    1. Enter your email address, select “I am a new user”, and enter your full name.
    2. Once you select “Enroll in Course” you will be taken directly to the Canvas course.
    3. Bookmark this page to return in the future!
  2. Without email address, go to
    1. Select “I’m a student”
    2. Enter Join Code JNEPCR
    3. Complete information on name, username and password
    4. Select “Start Learning” and you will be taken directly to the course
    5. Bookmark this page to return in the future!

What is this Course about?

This course is designed to help individuals cope with the varied effects of the coronavirus and its protection measures on everyday life. The effects are biological, psychological and social and will significantly change how humans interact for the foreseeable future. This course will provide tools and tips for how to cope with the stress and anxiety we all feel. Topics include: how humans make sense of risk; coping with anxiety; managing daily tasks (e.g., learning and work); and what to tell the kids.

Specifically, by the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Describe the different areas of psychological science that help contain and cope with pandemics
  • Understand the biopsychosocial factors associated with pandemics
  • Use psychological science tools to increase coping with the coronavirus pandemic

Can I earn a certificate of completion or CEs?

Participants will need to successfully complete 80% of the graded assignments on the free Canvas platform to earn a certificate of completion. This course may count toward continuing education (CE) hours depending on the nature of your professional or accrediting organization; check with your relevant agency. 

This course combines approximately 120 hours of instruction, online activities, assignments and discussion, which is equivalent to 4 quarter credits.  Please join the relevant group (i.e. Continuing Education Hours or Certificate of Completion Only) to indicate to the PSY 499 team that you're seeking one of these records upon completion.

How long is this Course?

The course will run for 10 weeks from Monday, March 30, 2020 through Friday, June 5, 2020. (OSU students will also have finals week Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12.)

Do I have to start at the beginning?

Learners are welcome to join the course at any time. Previous topics, content, and discussions are posted by week and can be accessed at any time. You are welcome to view past content or start with the content the week that you join.