Charles K. Whitehead is Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law and Director of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship program at Cornell Tech. Before entering academia, he held senior legal and business positions in the financial services industry in New York, London and Tokyo. He has a law degree from Columbia Law School.
eCornell, Cornell University’s online learning platform, provides online professional and executive development to students around the world. We offer more than 30 award-winning professional certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines:
Ivy League Curricula & Top-Ranked Faculty
eCornell‘s unique approach to online learning combines the most effective elements of an Ivy League classroom with the flexibility of an online learning environment. eCornell courses are all developed by Cornell University faculty, and often include practical insights from other industry experts. All eCornell course content comes from top-rated programs with proven curricula.
Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law, Cornell Law School
Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation Education Scholar, Associate Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Safdieh received his bachelors degree in neuroscience, summa cum laude, from the College of Arts and Science of New York University. He received his medical degree (MD) from the New York University School of Medicine, graduating first in his class. He completed his neurology residency training at the Weill Cornell Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Safdieh is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honors society. He is the author of a number of book chapters, and has completed a textbook of neuroanatomy.
Dr. Safdieh serves as the director of the medical student Neurology Clerkship for the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is medical director of the Neurology Clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and also serves as Director of Outpatient Training for the Neurology Residency Training Program. He is well respected as an innovative medical educator, and has developed numerous curricula for the teaching of neurology to both medical students and other physicians. He has been recognized for his excellence in medical student education locally, nationally and internationally.
Senior Lecturer, Sloan Program in Health Administration, Cornell University
Nick Fabrizio PhD, FACMPE, FACHE, is a principal consultant with the MGMA Health Care Consulting Group and serves on the faculty at Cornell University’s Sloan Program in Health Administration, where he has also served as the executive in residence. His primary expertise is in physician practice management and managing complex physician-hospital relationships.
Expert Led with Structured Flexibility
eCornell courses are online and expert led with structured flexibility. Courses are facilitated by subject-matter experts, who guide you, challenge you, and help you apply the course concepts to your real-world, on-the-job circumstances. Courses are designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals, so they are available around the clock and completely asynchronous. This means that once you begin your course, there is no appointed time or day that you must be online. You determine the schedule that’s right for you.
Start and End Dates Drive Completion
eCornell courses have defined start dates and end dates. A critical part of self-directed learning is to have a finish line. Most eCornell courses take about six to eight hours to complete, over a two-week period. About 90% of students finish their courses, a completion rate that leads the industry.
Interaction & Collaboration
As an eCornell student, you are never alone in your course. You are part of a cohort of 20 to 30 learners from organizations and industries around the world. Required discussions play an important part in your course, giving you and your classmates the opportunity to share and exchange your own experiences, best practices, perspectives, and examples. All this shared learning is facilitated by an instructor who brings both subject-matter expertise and real-world experience. Your interaction with peers from different organizations, and backgrounds fosters collaboration, networking, and a lot of practical, shared learning.
Emphasis on Practice and Application
The ability for you to interact with expert instructors, to ask questions and receive answers, and to learn with—and from—other participants keeps the learning interesting, practical, and above all, relevant to your work. And there’s one more key component: the practice opportunities. Most eCornell courses include a project, which challenges you to apply the course concepts to your own organization. Others include interactive scenarios, simulations, and other engaging practice activities. All courses include tools, techniques, or job aids that you can put to immediate use in your work.
We develop every certificate program and course with very tangible outcomes in mind. To us, it’s not enough if a course helps you to know something, or even to understand it. We design our programs to go much further, to equip you to do something—better or for the first time—at your job. We ask, “after completing this course, what will participants be able to analyze, identify, assess, implement, calculate, or influence that they couldn’t before?” eCornell courses draw on a variety of components to provide this practical learning:
- practice activities
- short videos
- interviews with industry experts
- online tools and downloadable resources
- case studies and examples
- the guidance of an instructor
Our approach positions you as an active participant in the learning process, allowing you to build the necessary problem-solving skills at your own pace and in your own style to confront the real challenges you face on the job and in life.