Wake Forest University’s (WFU) Online Immersion Program offers flexible online courses spanning the fields of medicine, bioscience, business, finance, and more for high school students. You’ll hear from WFU or WF School of Medicine professors, be guided by a mentor well-versed in your course subject, and earn a Certificate of Completion.
The courses are 100% online, meaning that you can complete your course whenever it works with your schedule. There will be 30 hours of overall course time over 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the session you choose, including video lessons, unit assignments, and access to your mentor.
The course subjects offered are:
- Cancer Medicine
- Sports Medicine
- Women's Medicine
Are you curious about how scientists study and treat infectious diseases at the very deepest level? Would you like to explore college majors and careers connected with this field? If you have a passion for understanding how diseases spring from nature to humans and then spread across our planet, then Bioscience: An Inside Look at Infectious Disease is for you. We’ll take a deep dive into the causes and treatments of conditions such as Covid-19, tuberculosis, HIV and more. Ideal for anyone interested in pre-med, scientific research, global health, biology or chemistry.
Ever wonder what makes companies like Apple or Netflix successful? Business: Strategy & Innovation will show you how today’s most competitive companies operate: how they create their brands and products; how they innovate, find people, and manage budgets; and what investors examine to make investment decisions. If you’re thinking about studying business, economics, banking, technology, product design, management, or marketing in college, this course offers an exciting way to prepare.
In Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating, you’ll accompany a patient on their cancer journey. You’ll see what it’s like to be diagnosed, to receive treatment, and how people cope with its spread. Learn the types of treatment and their specialists, along with groundbreaking advances that are changing the lives of patients. If you are interested in pre-med or careers in healthcare, this course is a must.
Volatility is not new to financial markets and investing has changed dramatically. The rise of FinTech and cryptocurrencies are promising—but not without risk. In Investing: The Future of Finance, we’ll delve into the ways financial markets work today. We’ll look at how companies attract investors, understand the role of shareholders, and learn how cryptocurrencies and FinTech companies are disrupting traditional finance. You will even step into the role of a financial analyst yourself. If you envision a future in the world of finance, this course is a must.
Are you intrigued by criminal law? Interested in the ways in which investigators and lawyers bring a case to court? If so, then Criminal Law: Inside the Courtroom is the place to start. Explore how evidence is assessed and presented in a criminal case, take the perspective of both prosecutors and defense attorneys, and examine the responsibilities of the judge who oversees criminal convictions, sentences and appeals.
Always wanted to be a doctor? Or think you may want to pursue pre-med in college? If you have a passion for science and want to get an inside look at how physicians manage the patient journey from ambulance to ER to operating room to rehab, Wake Forest’s online course, Making the Rounds: An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Doctor, opens the door of learning to this exciting field.
The Mystery & Science of Human Behavior: An Insider's Guide to Psychology helps you separate common sense from true psychological insight. Learn how your brain forms perceptions, and how easily it can be tricked. Delve into the hidden world of unconscious emotion. Find out if memories can be trusted and learn about psychological disorders. Whatever your career aspirations — doctor, lawyer, entrepreneur, social worker — this course will help you understand human behavior.
Your favorite quarterback is out with a concussion. Will he return for the 4th quarter? You’re playing tennis and you feel your shoulder pop. What’s going on? Get the answers in this course, Sports Medicine: An Inside Look at the Major Injuries & Treatments. We’ll focus on 3 common injuries — ACL tear, shoulder dislocation and concussion. Plus, you’ll learn about traumas and treatments of star athletes. This online course is a must if you seek a future career in the field — from orthopedic surgeon to athletic trainer.
Consider this: 63% of the top 10 surgical procedures are performed on women. More than ½ of any doctor’s patients will be women. Symptoms for common conditions such as heart disease and Lupus express themselves differently in women than in men. That’s why for anyone thinking about a future in medicine or healthcare, Women's Medicine: An Inside Look at Treatment, Intervention, and Surgery is an absolute must. Learn about the stages of a woman’s life, from puberty to post-menopause, and delve into the health conditions that affect each. Learn to think like a doctor who faces health issues like these every day.
All course options, whether 2 or 4 weeks, contain the identical educational content, learning materials, number of assignments, and access to mentoring. 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 you can get assignments done.