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Teaching the Great Diseases

The Teaching the Great Diseases program is graduate education made just for teachers

The Teaching the Great Diseases program allows high school biology teachers to access cutting edge biomedical sciences through a series of online graduate-level courses. The Teaching the Great Diseases program brings together authentic scientific reasoning and graduate-level content into a series of mini-courses, so teachers can learn exactly what they want to learn without spending time on content that they don’t need. It’s flexible, efficient and affordable!

Mini-courses in the Teaching the Great Diseases program parallel a high school biology curriculum (called the Great Diseases) built by biomedical researchers and high school teachers. Transfer what you learn directly to your classrooms with a proven, free curriculum!

Earn graduate credit or CEUs – you decide!

Graduate Mini-Courses: 0.5 to 1 credit each, $300.00 per credit
By the end of these mini-courses you will have completed deep learning about the topic, participated in asynchronous online activities and forums, and completed a final exam. Passing each graduate mini-course is assessment-based. Expect to spend between 20 to 50 hours per mini-course.

Continuing Education Mini-Courses: 1 to 3 CEUs at $25 per CEU
Similar to our graduate mini-courses, in the continuing education mini-courses you will complete deep learning about the topic and participate in online activities and forums. Passing each continuing education mini-course is participation-based. Expect to spend 10 to 30 hours per mini-course.

Curriculum Learning Strands


What are the prerequisites?
You must have a BA/BS to take the graduate mini-courses. A BA/BS is not required to take the continuing education mini-courses. Having a basic biology background will help but is not required. If you have questions about the content or level of a mini-course, contact the course director.

Where are these courses held?
Each of the mini-courses – both for graduate credit and for continuing education – are hosted on Canvas LMS. This is a web-based LMS and you do not need to download any software to take these courses.

How do I register for the graduate mini-courses?
Click on the Enroll Now button at the top of the page. This will take you to a page to sign up, submit your transcript, and pay for each mini-course you are interested in.

Policies and Procedures

Refunds and Withdrawal Policy: 
Students who wish to withdraw from an online mini-course must do so prior to the start of the course in order to receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after the course begins. Enrolled students may withdraw from a mini-course at any time, however students who withdraw from their course after the 7th day will receive a W on their transcript. The Teaching the Great Diseases program reserves the right to cancel a course. In this case a full refund will be granted to students enrolled.

Tuition and Fees:
Online mini-courses in the Teaching the Great Diseases program are offered $300 per graduate credit or $25 per CEU. For example, a 1 credit mini-course costs $300, and a 2 CEU mini-course costs $50. There are no fees associated with these courses.

Due to the nature of the online mini-course offerings, the Teaching the Great Diseases program does not offer a waitlist at this time. These courses are offered multiple times each year and we hope you can join the next offering.

Students may request an official transcript of the Teaching the Great Diseases mini-courses from the Tufts Registrar’s Office website.

Research Statement

Participants in online courses within the Teaching the Great Diseases program may also participate in research aimed to improve online offerings from the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts School of Medicine. Click here to learn more.

Teaching the Great Diseases Faculty & Staff

Berri Jacque, PhD

Revati Masilamani, PhD
Research Associate