The original Mini Medical School is online as a free massive open online course (MOOC). The fifth offering of this course, hosted on Canvas Network, runs about 7 weeks.
There are no prerequisites. Mini Medical School has been valuable for people considering a career in the healthcare field (we had many pre-health students in the first offerings), for people with concerns about their own health or healthcare, for those who are curious about modern medical science and want to learn about it for the first time, or want a review, and for those who wish to know more about their body and how to best keep it running well.
There are no exams and no course credit, but the student will get a broad overview of the basic science underpinnings of modern medicine in a lively, engaging video format. There are seven weekly Modules, each consisting of about eight units which range from 4 to 7 minutes long, allowing students to cover all the material in a couple of hours a week, at their own pace, watching a unit whenever they have a few minutes to relax and learn.
Most of us will move through the course doing a Module a week, but don’t worry if “life happens” and you’re away, or fall behind, or need to start a bit late; there will be time allowed at the end for catching up.
- Learn more! links for more depth or interest.
- You can download illustrated printable transcripts of all units.
- Make friends with other students and faculty in lively interactive discussion forums.
- Check your own progress with optional self-evaluation quizzes.
- Visit all units and get a Certificate of Completion.