Understanding Cancer at the Genetic Level


Stanford School of Medicine

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Genetic research has been instrumental in developing leading methods used to understand the nature, scope and potential treatment of cancer. Detailed analysis of genetic alterations continues to illuminate the common and specific genetic signatures of various cancers, thereby advancing the field and providing more successful and more targeted treatment options.

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.

This course is an elective course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.

What you will learn

  • Current methods involved in cancer research
  • Differences between multiple classes of genetic mutations
  • How alterations in various cell signaling pathways can lead to different cancers
  • Genetic changes involved and required in tumorgenesis
  • Targeted therapies for the latest cancer treatments 


  • $495 per Elective Course

Continuing Education Units

By completing this course, you’ll earn 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.

Record of Completion

When you complete each course, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your Record of Completion. This email will be sent to the address you provide in your mystanfordconnection within 3 business days of course completion.


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Course Access
60-day access to the online course starts upon payment. The end date of a section of this course does not restrict your access to the course material.

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online videos page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation
Participants are required to complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.

This course may not currently be available to residents of certain states.