Overview

Brandeis University’s Precollege Online Program offers flexible, online courses in Climate Change, Civil Litigation, Women’s Health and Global Health for high school students. You’ll learn from Brandeis University professors, be mentored by a Brandeis student, and earn a Certificate of Completion.

The courses are 100% online and almost entirely asynchronous, meaning that you can 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 video lessons, unit assignments, and sessions with your mentor.

The four courses offered are:

  • Climate Change: Inside the Science and Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation: Go Behind the Scenes of a Lawsuit
  • Women’s Health: Biology and Wellness 
  • Global Health: When the World Gets Sick

Climate Change: Inside the Science and Advocacy

What if people could harness innovation and communities to improve the environment? In this course, you become a citizen scientist, equipped to do research and communicate your findings in a way that helps foster change. Learn climate change on a global scale and how this impacts your community. Discover your households’ carbon footprint and what you can do to lessen its impact. Understand the history of the environmental movement, the Paris Agreement and America’s role in climate science. You’ll complete a final project that focuses on an ecological issue of your choosing and makes a case for change based on the science you’ve learned. If you have a passion for the environment, this course is a must for you.

Civil Litigation: Go Behind the Scenes of a Lawsuit

In this course, you’ll learn what it’s like to be a lawyer. Look at the types of disputes, the laws that apply and the difference between civil and criminal cases. Learn to argue your case, using evidence and previous legal decisions. Conduct an interview with your client. Develop a research plan. Know when it’s best to go to court or to settle. You’ll do an oral presentation and prepare a formal legal letter presenting the merits of your case. If you’re interested in the law, this course is for you.

Women’s Health: Biology and Wellness

How does the particular biology of women relate to their health? What diseases affect women more than men? How does the social standing of women impact their wellness and their access to treatment? You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the genetics, anatomy and physiology of women, including hormones and reproductive health. We’ll take an in-depth look into select diseases such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If you are thinking about taking pre-med in college or are considering a future in women’s health, this course is for you.

Global Health: When the World Gets Sick

How do infectious diseases start? How do they spread? What is their effect on public policy, the economy, and our rights as human beings? Get a multi-faceted look at pandemics, focusing on tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Other courses on disease concentrate primarily on science; this one traces the effects throughout our society. You will also learn how you can lobby for change through persuasive writing techniques. This course is a must if you’re thinking about a future in pre-med, STEM, government or not-for-profit. Learn through video lessons by Professor Cynthia Tschampl and distinguished guests — plus live, online group sessions with University mentors.

Cost and Session Information

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 to allow flexibility for a student's busy schedule.

Cost: $995

We have courses starting on the following dates. Check our website for more information about the courses that interest you. 

June 13 - June 27

Length: 2 weeks

Application Deadline: June 6

June 27 - July 11

Length: 2 weeks

Application Deadline: June 20

July 6 - August 3

Length: 4 weeks

Application Deadline: June 27

July 11 - July 25

Length: 2 weeks

Application Deadline: July 4

July 25 - August 8

Length: 2 weeks

Application Deadline: July 18

August 1 - August 29

Length: 4 weeks

Application Deadline: July 25

August 8 - August 22

Length: 2 weeks

Application Deadline: August 1

August 22 - September 5

Length: 2 weeks

Application Deadline: August 15

 

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