Mini Med School goes global – and free

Success of live program inspires MOOC at Anschutz Medical Campus
By Staff

Mini Med School launches MOOC
For years, on CU campuses, people have enjoyed the live CU Mini Med School. Now, it goes online for everyone in the world, as the CU Anschutz Medical Campus’s first massive open online course (MOOC). All CU faculty, staff and students are invited to join the thousands of people from over 100 countries in taking the course.

Mini Med School has been completely reimagined in a process that took over a year of full-time work by its developers professor JJ Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., teacher, and Helen Macfarlane, M.A., designer. The course, hosted on Canvas Network, runs about seven weeks and begins Monday.

There are no prerequisites. Like the live program, the course is suitable for interested people of any age.

Mini Medical School has been valuable for people considering a career in health care, for people with concerns about their own health or health care, for those who are just curious, and for those who wish to know more about their body and how to best keep it running well.

Like the live Mini Medical School, 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 four minutes to seven minutes long, allowing students to cover all the material in less than an hour a week, at their own pace, watching a unit whenever they have a few minutes to relax and learn.

Additional resources for those interested – including illustrated transcripts, a lively interactive discussion forum led by “real” CU medical students, and optional self-test quizzes – are available.

Registration takes just a moment – but watch the introductory video! – at

Read more about the Mini Med School MOOC at the CU For Colorado website.


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