If you have a passion for the medical field and would like to explore it before college, here is your chance to do so—with one of the world's leading research universities. The University of Rochester offers online courses in medicine and healthcare designed for high school students ages 13 and up. The program is available year-round, and the online format lets you study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.
The courses are 100% online, allowing you to complete the course whenever it works with your schedule. There will be 30 hours of overall course time over 2 or 4 weeks, depending on the session you choose, including recorded video lessons, unit assignments, and access to an expert mentor.
The medicine courses offered are:
Personalized Medicine: Customizing Care through Genetics
Discover the exciting world of Personalized Medicine — where doctors use individual genetic mapping to deliver treatment that is more targeted than ever. What role do genes play in addiction, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, acne, asthma, fertility or resistance to Covid-19? Are commercial DNA “spit tests” accurate? Study genomic sequencing. Practice reading gene data. Identify mutations that cause disease. Discover how genomic information makes you unique. If you’re thinking about a pre-med track in college or want to explore STEM, this course is for you.
Orthopedic Medicine: Treatments & Surgery
Delve into the surgical specialties and subspecialties of this competitive field. Study trauma; pediatric issues related to growth and development; total joint replacement for the knee; and injuries of the foot, hip, and ankle. Learn the most common orthopedic conditions, how they present in the body, and the broad range of operative and non-operative treatments available. If you think orthopedics could be in your future, this course is for you.
Biomedical Engineering: Solving the Body’s Challenges with Technology
Artificial limbs and implantable devices, diagnostic screening equipment and technical advances to solve health problems — these are all made possible by Biomedical Engineering. This online course teaches you how to marry the techniques of engineering with biology and medicine. Identify the stages of engineering design, how to measure, collect and display data, and delve into topics around medical innovation. If you’re interested in a future in engineering or healthcare, you’ll love this course.
U.S. Healthcare: Politics, Problems and Possibilities
We all know healthcare is essential and that it offers many attractive careers. But how does it really work? This course takes a deep dive into the U.S. healthcare system. Why is getting covered so complicated? Why is healthcare such a political hot button? You’ll learn the types of plans currently offered, the controversies surrounding them, struggles toward reform, and future possibilities. Discover the history of our system and even design a plan of your own. If you are interested in pre-med or exploring career options in healthcare or politics, this course is a must.
All course options, whether 2 or 4 weeks, have the identical educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. The difference in length of course is due to time of year (not amount of instruction). We know the school year keeps you busy, so we’ve made the course longer during that time so that you can get assignments done.