The Stanford Mini Med School: A Free Course Now Online

Starting this past fall, Stanford’s School of Medicine and Stanford Continuing Studies (my day job) teamed up to offer The Stanford Mini Med School. Featuring more than thirty distinguished faculty, scientists, and physicians, this yearlong series of courses (three in total) offers students a dynamic introduction to the world of human biology, health and disease, and the groundbreaking changes taking place in medical research and health care. 250 lifelong learners (like yourself) attended the first course on Stanford’s campus this fall. And you can now access it on iTunes. We’ve posted the first two lectures (in video), and eight more lectures will soon be coming online. (Update: You can now find the videos on the Stanford Med School web site, and on YouTube.) Below, I’ve added the course description for the fall course, and you can also find it listed in the Biology Section of our ever-growing collection of Free Online Courses. When the winter and spring courses arrive, I’ll be sure to give you a heads up.

This Fall, the Stanford Mini Med School will get started with a journey inside human biology. We will start by familiarizing ourselves with the world of very small things. We will take a close look at DNA, stem cells, and microbes, and see how these and other small players form the building blocks of the human body. This will allow us to understand how human organs develop (and can also regenerate), how our nervous and immune systems work, and how diseases can afflict us. From there, the course will move beyond the individual and take a more global view of health. How do pandemics take shape? How does the environment affect our collective health? And how can we finally implement a healthcare system that makes sense for our nation? Various experts from the Stanford School of Medicine will address these and other big picture questions during the first course in the Stanford Mini Med School.

For a description of the current Mini Med School course (which we will eventually post online) please



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  • http://www.frontalcortex.com ML Cohen

    Dan, I am a huge fan of your blog (it is one of the very few that I follow). As a Med School professor, I was looking forward to checking out the Stanford Mini Med School. Unfortunately, my commitment to open education (please see website, above) does not include iTunes, precluding my ability to benefit from this resource. I do very much enjoy those resources that I can access independent of iTunes. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

  • Dan Colman

    ML,

    Thanks for your note. As I mentioned in the post, the videos will be available on YouTube soon. And hopefully those will be more to your liking.

    Regards,
    Dan

  • http://www.frontalcortex.com ML Cohen

    Dan,

    We’ve gotten quite a number of requests for audio files, as many students like to listen in the car (as do I). Will there be an opportunity to access audio downloads sans iTunes?

    Thanks again, MLC

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Channery

    I read your post and wished I was good enuogh to write it

  • http://google burhanuddin

    i am in Nangarhar medical faculty in second class i want to attend anatomy and physiology free courses

  • http://google burhanuddin

    i want to attend free anatomy and physiogy classes

  • Richard kwame Ahuntor

    i want to offer one of your free onliñe medical course and i just graduated as a physician assistant.

  • Dr Prince Kelechi Ihekoronye

    Keep up with the good works. I will like to offer free courses in obstetrics and gynecology if available.

  • Ruth Williams

    I really wish to enter ur school

  • Dr Prince Kelechi Ihekoronye

    THE NEED FOR IMPROVED MEDICAL CARE AND QUALITY HEALTH CARE DELIVERY TO ESPECIALLY PEOPLE IN THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES CANNOT BE OVER EMPHASIZED.SUCH PROGRAMS BECOME SINE QUA NON TO ENLIGHTENING HEALTH PRACTIONERS ON WAYS THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED.KEEP UP WIT THE GOOD WORKS.

  • http://nil ramana

    My heartfelt appreciation for these courses.
    The generous efforts of all of you at Tuft Med
    in presenting/extending these precious and
    unique gifts of knowledge to all the unreached
    in this world, would go a long way in enhancing
    the status of health and quality of life.Congrats!

  • http://nil ramana

    My heartfelt appreciation for these courses.
    The generous efforts of all of you at Stanford Mini Med
    in presenting/extending these precious and
    unique gifts of knowledge to all the unreached
    in this world, would go a long way in enhancing
    the status of health and quality of life.Congrats!

  • michael

    I am Michael, I dropped out of the university at my final year I studied biochemistry, I wud to enroll and study some of your free medical courses

  • Jackson

    I would enjoy knowing more about your Med course line-up. Anything to do with seniors, aging, care management, adaptive devices, caregiving, leaders in their homes*

    Thanks!
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  • brender dennis

    Would love to take this class

  • abeer abbas

    Please i wish to start with free medical school any time.

  • cynthia

    do keep up the good work, i want to be your student

  • rustha

    I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE UP THIS CLASSES ANYTIME

  • Brittany

    would love to take this class.

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