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Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Genetic research has been instrumental in developing leading methods used to understand the nature and scope of cancer syndromes. With improved cancer diagnosis and targeted therapies for treatment, the discovery of changes in genes and their expression characteristics will continue to advance as a field.

Study the signaling pathways of common and rare genetic mutations involved in cancer. This course will expose you to the cutting-edge research that offers attractive development for new anti-cancer drugs and therapeutic strategies. From the differences between sporadic and familial cancers to systemic and targeted level treatment studies, you will learn the history of cancer and how it shaped society and research today.

You will learn

  • Current methods involved in cancer research
  • Differences between multiple classes of genetic mutations
  • Progressions of tumorigenesis in minor genome changes
  • Targeted therapies for the latest cancer treatments
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Please note: This course is offered towards the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.*

Take online courses in genetics and genomics and gain a greater understanding of biology, human health and personalized medicine. Tap into the world-class research of Stanford faculty and industry experts to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the rapidly evolving genetics industry.

*This certificate neither substitutes for, nor leads to, being board certified as a genetic counselor (ABGC) or clinical geneticist (ABMG)


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Date: 
Thursday, January 29, 2015 to Friday, March 27, 2015
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About This Course

This course provides an overview of women's health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.

We focus on critical issues, namely those that may mean life or death to a woman, depending on whether she can exercise her human rights. These critical issues include: being born female and discrimination; poverty; unequal access to education, food, paid work and health care; and various forms of violence. Topics discussed include son preference, education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, violence in the home and in war and refugee circumstances, women's work, sex trafficking, and aging.

Our MOOC will have a special focus on creating an international network of engaged students. We will ask students to take part in interactive discussions and cooperative exercises and to share their own experiences. We also ask students to engage with the communities they live in, in order to deepen their understanding of the issues and tie academic ideas to real-life circumstances.

To find out more details about this course and its principles, please visit our Project Page at www.internationalwomenshealth.org

Course Staff

Anne Firth Murray

Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, was educated at the University of California and New York University in economics, political science and public administration, with a focus on international health policy and women’s reproductive health.

For the past twenty-five years, Anne has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations. From 1978-1987, she directed the environment and international population programs at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in California. She is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women, which aims to seed, strengthen, and link groups committed to women’s well-being and human rights. In 2005, Anne was nominated along with a thousand activist women for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Anne is a Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University, where she teaches on women's health, human rights and love as a force for social justice. She is the author of the books Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change and From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It, on international women's health.

 

Kevin Hsu

Kevin runs a design studio, Skyship Educational Design, developing open online courses (MOOCs) and deploying digital tools in the classroom. He is dedicated to crafting new experiences for students and helped launch one of Stanford’s first social science MOOCs for a global audience, featuring Professor Larry Diamond on the topic of “Democratic Development.” He also teaches for the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University.

FAQ: 

What basic principles form the foundation course?

Because we believe that what we do is important but that the way we do it is more important, we attempt to teach and learn according to a set of principles that will guide the content and processes of the course. These are: compassion, mutual learning, respect, transparency, trust, and truth.

What do I need to take this course?

An interest in health and social justice. It will be useful to have an open mind, willingness to hear different points of view, and a commitment to positive social change.

Access to the Internet. A stable internet connection will also be useful, as much of the other content, including video interviews and lectures will be delivered online.

The course already started! Is it too late to join?

No you don't have to worry.Because it is an online class, you can comfortably jump into this course the first couple weeks while it is running. You get to review the material and watch video lectures and interviews on your own time! However, you'll want to get up to speed so you can interact with the other students in this international online community.

Is there a textbook for the class?

The primary text for the class is a book on international health and human rights, From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It (Second Edition), by Anne Firth Murray. If you are interested in having a copy of the book, you can obtain one from Amazon.com. We will also make individual chapters available online during the course.

Can I receive a Statement of Accomplishment for this course?

Yes, participants who successfully complete the required elements of the course will receive a personalized Statement of Accomplishment. Please note that online courses do not include university credit.

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Date: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to Thursday, December 17, 2015
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ABOUT THIS COURSE

This interdisciplinary course features talks from thought leaders and innovators from medical education, instructional design, cognitive science, online learning, and emerging technology. Over the course of eleven weeks, we'll consider how to build educational experiences that address the unique learning preferences of today's Millennial medical students and residents. As the volume of new medical knowledge outpaces our ability to organize and retain it, how might educators disrupt outdated practices through thoughtful use of technology and learning design? How might MOOCs, social media, simulation and virtual reality change the face of medical education? How might we make learning continuous, engaging, and scalable in the age of increasing clinical demands and limited work hours? Joining the conversation will be experts from all health care and education stakeholder domains, including patients, and students from nursing, medicine and engineering sciences.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Daphne Koller, founder of Coursera
  • Dan Schwartz, Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Kirsten Ostherr, Director of the Medical Futures Lab at Rice University
  • Charles Prober, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Stanford
  • Bryan Vartabedian, Director of Digital Literacy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Renate Fruchter, Founder of PBL Lab at Stanford School of Engineering
  • Anne Marie Cunningham, Academic Lead for eLearning, University of Cardiff School of Medicine
  • May Pian-Smith, Associate Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and more!

Patient and student speakers will include:

  • Britt Johnson, ePatient, Stanford Medicine X ePatient Advisory Board Member
  • Anna Clemenson, Nursing student, Duke University School of Nursing
  • Roheet Kakaday, Medical Student, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Lynn Ngai, Medical Student, University of Southern California
  • Andrew Stanley, PhD Student, Charm Lab, Stanford University and more!

PREREQUISITES

There are no prerequisities. This class will have value for anyone interested in emerging technologies, education, and medicine including patients, caregivers, providers and any health care stakeholder who want to join a conversation about how to improve medical education

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this course?

The target audience for this course includes:

  • patients, caregivers, and any health care stakeholder who want to join a conversation about how to improve medical education
  • undergraduate pre-medical students
  • current medical students and residents
  • medical educators and faculty members
  • entrepreneurs seeking new approaches to healthcare training and education
  • educators and teachers interested in how learning science can be applied to medical education
  • engineers, developers and other technologists interested in entering the medical education space

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, all reading material will be provided.

How is this course structured?

This is an eleven-week course that will run simultaneously with an in-person course at Stanford University. Each week, you will hear from a current medical student and from a guest speaker who will share their stories and connections to the topic of the week. Online participants will engage in moderated discussions each week and will complete projects relevant to the course topics, which include virtual reality, simulation, cognitive aids, MOOCs, and more.

How many hours of effort are expected per week?

We anticipate that completion of the weekly course modules will take approximately 3 hours per week. There will be approximately 1 hour of instructional video accompanied by activities, reflection exercises and some peer evaluated assignments. You can choose to spend as much or as little time as you like on course assignments and supplemental reading.

Will a statement of accomplishment be offered for this course?

Yes. Students who complete all of the weekly assessments and the final assessment will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.

COURSE FACULTY

Larry Chu, MD, MS

Larry Chu is an associate professor of anesthesia on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Chu studies how information technologies can be used to improve medical education and collaborates with researchers in simulation and computer science at Stanford to study how cognitive aids can improve healthcare outcomes. He is the executive director of Stanford Medicine X.

Kyle Harrison, MD

Dr. Kyle Harrison is a founding core faculty member of the AIM lab. A clinical assistant professor at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital, Dr. Harrison is a graduate of Stanford's simulation program. He is an associate program director of Stanford's anesthesia residency program and specializes in ACLS, emergency medical checklists, and the use of educational technologies.

Nikita Joshi, MD

Nikita Joshi is currently the academic fellow at Stanford University, Division of Emergency Medicine in Palo Alto, CA. After fellowship, she will be staying at the Division as clinical instructor. She completed emergency medicine residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. She is an associate editor at Academic Life in Emergency blog, which reachers 10,640 cities in 195 countries. Her interests include medical simulation, the use of social media in graduate education, and faculty development. She can be reachered on Twitter at @njoshi8.

Instructional Design and Course Operations Team

Amy Ahearn, MA

Amy is an education technology project manager for the Stanford University AIM Lab. She holds a masters degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford's Graduate School of Education.

Nicole Green

Nicole is an education technology specialist for the Stanford University AIM Lab. She is a Teach For America alumna interested in curriculum design and extending learning beyond traditional classroom experiences.

Leo De Asis and Chris Musgrave of the Stanford AIM Lab contribute to production, filming, and video editing.

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Date: 
Monday, October 6, 2014 to Monday, November 24, 2014
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About the Course

Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively. Taught by social entrepreneur, philanthropist and bestselling author Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Giving 2.0: The MOOC will teach you how to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact philanthropic strategy, volunteer more effectively, use existing, free technology for good and more. Course participants will engage in an actual grantmaking process during which up to $100,000 of Learning By Giving Foundation capital will be allocated to student-selected nonprofits.

Giving 2.0: The MOOC is a six-week course. Each week has a particular theme and 5-10 content-packed and activity-rich, video modules exploring that theme. Video modules will include lectures from Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen as well as interviews, discussions and lectures given by guest speakers. Guest speakers are renowned leaders in multiple industries including philanthropy, technology and business, who will provide unique insights into course topics. Students will have the opportunity to join Talkabouts – small virtual meeting groups created to discuss class-related topics. By the course’s conclusion, students will have created an Individual Giving Action Plan to guide their future giving in a highly effective and meaningful way. Students will also complete a formal nonprofit assessment. Students will consider and vote on eligible nonprofits and collaboratively determine which ones receive Learning By Giving Foundation grants. Students will also be provided with ongoing, post-MOOC philanthropy education content that will support continued development and execution of their philanthropic goals.

Recommended Background

This course reveals how anyone can be a high-impact philanthropist. There is nothing required except your generosity and a passion to improve our world.

Suggested Readings

There are no required readings for this course. However, the course is designed to work with the ideas and content from Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s book, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World (Wiley/Jossey Bass, 2011). The book can be found at all online sellers and in many bookstores. Here is the Amazon link. Other optional readings that will enhance your learning about each week’s theme will be listed on our course website.

Course Format

Our course will consist of lecture and guest speaker videos, each between 3-10 minutes in length. Most videos will contain integrated quiz questions (a scientifically proven way to increase information retention), small workbook activities and supplementary quizzes as needed. The two primary projects for our course are completing a comprehensive nonprofit assessment and creating your Individual Giving Action Plan. You will select a nonprofit you believe is creating significant social/environmental impact and will conduct an in-depth assessment of that nonprofit. Every completed nonprofit assessment will be eligible to receive potential funding during our student-run grantmaking process. You will also create your Individual Giving Action Plan, which will assess your unique resources and how you can most effectively translate those resources into helping transform both nonprofits and the lives of those they serve. There is no final exam (because I do not believe in tests!).

Instructor

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen; Lecturer in Business Strategy, Stanford 

 


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Date: 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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About This Course

Engage and Empower Me: Patient Engagement Design is an online course brought to you by the Stanford AIM Lab and Medicine X at Stanford University.

Our goal is to educate you about participatory medicine and empower you to create a more inclusive, collaborative healthcare system for patients. In this course, you will learn the science of habit formation, behavior change, and decision-making. You will gain knowledge about how human-centered design can empower people and help them make healthy choices. Finally, you will discover how social media platforms can be used to create robust patient communities and how self-tracking devices can provide day-to-day data points that motivate people to make positive changes.

Prerequisites

This course is open to patients, healthcare providers, caregivers, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in how we can engage patient perspectives to improve health outcomes for all. Patient Engagement Design is for anyone who shares the goal of creating a healthier, activated population, and an inclusive, empathic healthcare system. We look forward to assisting you as you progress through this course and encourage you to reach out with feedback. There are no prerequisites.

FAQ: 

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, all reading materials are optional and are provided.

What is the purpose of this course?

This is nine-week course composed of modules that will teach you design theory, consumer and patient psychology, and models for behavior design and habit formation. We aim to build a motivated, inspired, and informed cohort of patients healthcare innovators by providing a broad spectrum of tools and exposure to experts from various fields who will teach and inspire you.

How is the course structured?

Each module will introduce you to an ePatient with a powerful story to share and a unique perspective on the healthcare system. In addition, you will hear from academics, industry leaders, researchers, and healthcare providers.

We have included several opportunities for you to engage in conversations about the topics covered during the course. Please use the discussion boards for reflection, critical analysis, dialogue, brainstorming, and as an outlet for forming social contracts and committing to your goals.

You can check your understanding by completing questions embedded in the course and an end-of-module assessment.

We will you to apply the strategies you learn to reach your personal health goals; to improve your relationship with the healthcare system; to create innovative healthcare solutions on a large or small scale; or to be a more empathetic and inclusive care providers.

Dr. Larry Chu, MD, MS

Larry Chu is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Chu studies how information technologies can be used to improve medical education and collaborates with researchers in simulation and computer science at Stanford to study how cognitive aids can improve health care outcomes. He is the Executive Director of Stanford Medicine X.

Dr. Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH

When is comes to health engagement, Dr. Bobinet has 5 words of advice: be caring, authentic, and useful. As the CEO-founder of engagedIN, a behavior design firm sprouted out of Stanford, Kyra is devoting her life to helping people crack the code of how, what, and especially, WHY we engage in things. Kyra has founded several healthcare start-ups, spanning behavior health, population health, and mobile health. She has designed behavior change programs, big data algorithms, billion dollar products, mobile health apps, and evidence-based studies in mind-body and metabolic medicine. All of her designs, whether for at-risk teens or seniors, are rooted in the belief that true caring is our greatest salve. Dr. Bobinet currently co-teaches courses at Stanford School of Medicine on patient engagement and empowerment, and health design with Dr. Larry Chu, founder of MedicineX. She also studies in Dr. BJ Fogg’s Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford. Dr. Bobinet received her Masters in Public Health at Harvard University, specializing in Healthcare Management, Technology-enabled Behavior Change, and Population Health Management. She received her medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine. When she’s not geeking out on neuroscience literature, you can find her engaged in her kids, minimalist eco design, and surfing.


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Date: 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to Sunday, October 26, 2014
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About This Course

This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. Students from non-science disciplines can benefit from the training provided in the first four weeks (on general principles of effective writing).

Course Format

In the first four weeks, we will review principles of effective writing, examples of good and bad writing, and tips for making the writing process easier. In the second four weeks, we will examine issues specific to scientific writing, including: authorship, peer review, the format of an original manuscript, and communicating science for lay audiences. Students will watch video lectures, complete quizzes and editing exercises, write two short papers, and edit each others’ work.

Course Syllabus

Week 1 - Introduction; principles of effective writing (cutting unnecessary clutter)
Week 2 - Principles of effective writing (verbs)
Week 3 - Crafting better sentences and paragraphs
Week 4 - Organization; and streamlining the writing process
Week 5 - The format of an original manuscript
Week 6 - Reviews, commentaries, and opinion pieces; and the publication process
Week 7 - Issues in scientific writing (plagiarism, authorship, ghostwriting, reproducible research)
Week 8 - How to do a peer review; and how to communicate with the lay public

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Prerequisites

The course has no prerequisites other than fluency in English.

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment?

Yes, students who score at least 60 percent will pass the course and receive a Statement of Accomplishment.
Students who score at least 90 percent will receive a Statement of Accomplishment with distinction.

How much of a time commitment will this course be?

You should expect this course to require 4 to 8 hours of work per week.

Can I get CME credit for this course?

This free version of the course does not offer CME credits, but there is a fee-based CME version available as well. Go to the Stanford online CME course page for more information. You are welcome to take this free version of the course before the CME course, but note that you will still need to create an account on the CME site, pay the registration fee, and complete the CME Pre-test, Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Activity Completion Attestation statement in order to receive your credits.

Any additional textbooks/software required?

There is no textbook for this course. Students who would like additional reading may enjoy:

- On Writing Well, William Zinsser
- The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
- Sin and Syntax, Constance Hale
- Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers, Mimi Zeiger
- http://www.aacc.org/publications/clin_chem/ccgsw/Pages/default.aspx
- Science and Society: An Anthology for Readers and Writers, eds: Nelson-McDermott, LePan, Buzzard

- We recommend taking this course on a standard computer using Google Chrome as the internet browser. We are not yet optimized for mobile devices.

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Date: 
Sunday, July 27, 2014 to Sunday, August 31, 2014
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The course will function like a conference, but it takes place over three months rather than two days, and encourages the transformation from passive audience observer to active participant and thought leader.

The themes to be addressed are:

  • Global Health Challenges.
  • Mobile Health Opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship in Health Care.

Today, more people have access to a mobile phone than to clean drinking water. At the same time, health systems around the world struggle to deliver cost-effective care. For example, where the United States confronts unsustainably soaring costs and millions of underserved citizens, Sub-Saharan Africa endeavours to provide medical care in the context of infrastructural challenges, economic shortfalls, and the highest disease burden in the world. Throughout India and China, investments in mobile entrepreneurship are reshaping how health care is delivered to massive populations. Meanwhile South America is experiencing a surge of entrepreneurial activity that promises to reshape how its citizens interact with the health system.

To expose you to the breadth of activity and opportunity, each class will consist of multiple short presentations from renowned experts. Class discussions about these presentations will also take place online. In the era of expansive and ever-expanding access to mobile technology, ideas can be more readily shared and solutions can more readily reach patients in need, wherever they are. We are more connected than ever before, in many ways: through global dissemination of infectious diseases; through shared challenges such as chronic disease burden; and of course through the Internet and telecom networks. Mobile Health Without Borders aims to realize that promise by providing a platform for participants to increase their capacity to have a meaningful impact on global health. To achieve this, students will work closely with classmates from around the world on small group assignments to prepare for the Health Innovation Challenge: an opportunity to work with a global multi-disciplinary team and world-class mentors to design a solution to a health challenge you care about.

Instructors

Homero Rivas (Advisor)

Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and the Director of Innovative Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been involved in Mobile Health for nearly five years. With Eric Leroux and others, they have designed and created several mobile phone applications for patients. They have also undertaken research projects exploring software development of HTLM5 platforms to improve safety in the operating room and for technical assessment of surgeons and surgeons in training. Eric and Homero have developed numerous pilot programs with mHealth and Tele Medicine for non-insured Hispanics in the Bay Area. Dr. Rivas has been involved in all of these ventures either as an entrepreneur or as an academician. As a digestive surgeon, he has 13 years of experience, and has been part of Stanford’s General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery faculty since March 2010. Before then, he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX for five years. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a pioneer and leader in numerous state-of-the art innovative techniques of minimal access surgery including: Single incision laparoscopic surgery; natural orifice surgery; robotic surgery, and more. He has been involved in minimal access surgery both nationally in the U.S. and internationally in nearly all continents, as a surgeon-in-training, a practicing surgeon and also as teacher of other surgeons. He holds an MBA from the Cox School of Business at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Eric Leroux (Director)

Eric Leroux was born and raised in Canada before attending Princeton University, where he earned honors in biology, received the NCAA Sportsmanship Award, Hockey Humanitarian Award, performed research on HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and received the Spirit of Princeton Award. He then moved to South Africa where he worked with BroadReach Healthcare to expand access to therapy for people living with HIV/AIDS. While pursuing his MD at the Stanford University School of Medicine, he published numerous articles and abstracts in top medical journals, has been a teaching assistant for four classes, and received the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award for his clinical skills and dedication to patient care. Eric met Homero while completing his surgery rotation, and since then they have founded two companies together and have worked closely on many projects. He then enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for an accelerated MD/MBA dual degree program, which he will complete in June of this year. He sees immense opportunities for mobile health and entrepreneurship to help address our most pressing global health challenges. In his words: “The success of MHWB can be measured by two questions: When the class ends, 1) Are you more committed to solving health challenges? and 2) Are you more capable?”

 


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Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 to Friday, September 5, 2014
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This course provides an overview of women's health and human rights issues, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We will consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.

The course focuses on "critical issues," namely those that may mean life or death to a woman, depending on whether she can exercise her human rights. These critical issues include poverty; discrimination against women; unequal access to education, food, paid work and health care; forms of violence, in the home and in war and refugee circumstances; maternal health; and sex trafficking of women.

Our MOOC will have a special focus on creating a network of engaged participants to share experiences and to take part in interactive discussions and cooperative exercises. We ask participants to engage with the communities they live in, in order to deepen their understanding of the issues and tie academic ideas to real-life circumstances.

To find out more details about this course and its principles, please visit our Project Page at www.internationalwomenshealth.org

Our Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/internationalwomenshealth
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FAQ: 

What basic principles form the foundation course?

Because we believe that what we do is important but that the way we do it is more important, we attempt to teach and learn according to a set of principles that will guide the content and processes of the course. These are: compassion, mutual learning, respect, transparency, trust, and truth.

What do I need to take this course?

An interest in health and social justice. It will be useful to have an open mind, willingness to hear different points of view, and a commitment to positive social change. 

Access to the Internet. A stable internet connection will also be useful, as much of the other content, including video interviews and lectures will be delivered online.

The course already started! Is it too late to join?

No you don't have to worry.Because it is an online class, you can comfortably jump into this course the first couple weeks while it is running. You get to review the material and watch video lectures and interviews on your own time! However, you'll want to get up to speed so you can interact with the other students in this international online community.

Is there a textbook for the class?

The primary text for the class is a book on international health and human rights, From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It (Second Edition), by Anne Firth Murray. If you are interested in having a copy of the book, you can obtain one from Amazon.com. We will also make individual chapters available online during the course.

Can I receive a Statement of Accomplishment for this course?

Yes, participants who successfully complete the required elements of the course will receive a personalized Statement of Accomplishment. Please note that online courses do not include university credit.

COURSE STAFF

Anne Firth Murray

Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, was educated at the University of California and New York University in economics, political science and public administration, with a focus on international health policy and women’s reproductive health.

For the pasttwenty-five years, Anne has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations. From 1978-1987, she directed the environment and international population programs at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in California. She is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women, which aims to seed, strengthen, and link groups committed to women’s well-being and human rights. In 2005, Anne was nominated along with a thousand activist women for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Anne is a Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University, where she teaches on women's health, human rights and love as a force for social justice. She is the author of the books Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change and From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It, on international women's health.

Kevin Hsu

Kevin runs a design studio, Skyship Educational Design, developing open online courses (MOOCs) and deploying digital tools in the classroom. He is dedicated to crafting new experiences for students and helped launch one of Stanford’s first social science MOOCs for a global audience, featuring Professor Larry Diamond on the topic of “Democratic Development.” He also teaches for the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University.


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Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and well-being across the lifespan. The culture of eating has changed significantly in recent decades, especially in parts of the world where processed foods dominate our dietary intake.

This self-paced course examines contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family. The health risks associated with obesity in childhood are also discussed.

Participants will learn what constitutes a healthy diet for children and adults and how to prepare simple, delicious foods aimed at inspiring a lifelong celebration of easy home-cooked meals. This course will help prepare participants to be the leading health providers, teachers, and parents of the present and future.

The text and other material in this course may include the opinion of the specific instructor and are not statements of advice, endorsement, opinion, or information of Stanford University.

We are now offering the opportunity to take Child Nutrition and Cooking for a Course Certificate.

Can I earn a Course Certificate if I completed this course before they were available?
In order to verify one’s identity and maintain academic integrity, learners who completed assignments or quizzes prior to August 1st, 2016 will need to redo and resubmit these assessments in order to earn a Course Certificate. Though your deadlines may have technically passed, please be assured that you may resubmit both types of assessments at any time. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we strive to ensure the integrity and value of our certificates.
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Self-paced online course
5 hours of videos and quizzes
Statement of Accomplishment: None
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Instructor(s): 
Maya Adam
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Date: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014
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This course aims to provide a firm grounding in the foundations of probability and statistics. Specific topics include:

1. Describing data (types of data, data visualization, descriptive statistics)
2. Statistical inference (probability, probability distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, pitfalls of p-values)
3. Specific statistical tests (ttest, ANOVA, linear correlation, non-parametric tests, relative risks, Chi-square test, exact tests, linear regression, logistic regression, survival analysis; how to choose the right statistical test)

The course focuses on real examples from the medical literature and popular press. Each week starts with "teasers," such as: Should I be worried about lead in lipstick? Should I play the lottery when the jackpot reaches half-a-billion dollars? Does eating red meat increase my risk of being in a traffic accident? We will work our way back from the news coverage to the original study and then to the underlying data. In the process, students will learn how to read, interpret, and critically evaluate the statistics in medical studies.

The course also prepares students to be able to analyze their own data, guiding them on how to choose the correct statistical test and how to avoid common statistical pitfalls. Optional modules cover advanced math topics and basic data analysis in R.

COURSE SYLLABUS

Week 1 - Descriptive statistics and looking at data
Week 2 - Review of study designs; measures of disease risk and association
Week 3 - Probability, Bayes' Rule, Diagnostic Testing
Week 4 - Probability distributions
Week 5 - Statistical inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing)
Week 6 - P-value pitfalls; types I and type II error; statistical power; overview of statistical tests
Week 7 - Tests for comparing groups (unadjusted); introduction to survival analysis
Week 8 - Regression analysis; linear correlation and regression
Week 9 - Logistic regression and Cox regression

PREREQUISITES

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Students will need to be familiar with a few basic math tools: summation sign, factorial, natural log, exponential, and the equation of a line; a brief tutorial is available on the course website for students who need a refresher on these topics.

 

FAQ: 

Can I get CME credit for this course?

This free version of the course does not offer CME credits, but there is a fee-based CME version available as well. Go to the Stanford online CME course page for more information. You are welcome to take this free version of the course before the CME course, but note that you will still need to create an account on the CME site, pay the registration fee, and complete the CME Pre-test, Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Activity Completion Attestation statement in order to receive your credits.


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