Information on Free Online Insurance Courses and Classes
Most of these courses are offered through colleges or universities, but none offer college credit. Students don't need to enroll or register in order to take these courses. Special software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Windows Media Player may be required to access course materials.
Insurance Courses and Classes
Utah State University
- Family Finance goes over effective family financial planning as well as health, auto, home and disability insurance. The coursework includes risk factor analysis, studies of umbrella policies and a strong emphasis on the need for life insurance. The 14 lessons are available as PDFs, and students are provided with links to websites that are mentioned. Three books are recommended as supplemental reading.
- Financial Markets features a lecture on insurance in the context of financial instruments and institutions. Investments, banking, risk and real estate are points of emphasis. Students can view video lectures and utilize links to supplemental resources. Tests and answers are included with the course materials. Two textbooks are required and there is an extensive list of recommended reading, some with links provided.
Colorado Department of Higher Education
- Insurance is offered by the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Education Cents program, with input from the Colorado Financial Planning Association. Through written and video lessons, students look at the various types of insurance, including life and auto, and learn how to choose a company. A quiz is included so students can assess what they've learned.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Managed Care and Health Insurance covers managed care, ethical issues, risk, public policy and financial issues. Regulation and evaluation of insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and HMOs, are explored, as are methods for assessing the quality and accountability of insurance programs. Students can view PDFs of notes from selected lectures and answer discussion questions. Links to supplemental journal articles are provided.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Microeconomic Theory looks at microeconomic principles in policy debates, including debates regarding health insurance. Lecture notes in PDF form are available. One lesson covers adverse selection and risk aversion in insurance markets. Links are provided to a few additional readings, but students must locate most recommended readings on their own. Students can work on problem sets and exam questions are also available.
- Public Economics II focuses on public services provided by government agencies and charitable organizations. Insurance vehicles like Social Security, unemployment insurance, health insurance and disability insurance are discussed. The available lecture notes are limited, but a list of recommended readings is provided. Assignments and solutions are also available.
- Public Finance and Public Policy examines the function of government in the economy, including a look at government programs versus private health insurance. The purchase of a textbook is necessary in order to follow along with assigned readings. Problem sets and exam questions with solutions are available, as are PDF handouts.