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Learn the science of women’s health

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.

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Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.

Eligibility

For students completing grades 9—12, ages 13+.

Fees

$995

Understand the unique biology and social challenges that affect women’s health

Explorer Women's Unique Anatomy

How do female organs work together to regulate the body? How does the reproductive system work? Learn about diseases such as endometriosis and review a case study about polycistronic ovaries (PCOS).

Learn the Role Hormones Play In Development

How are women’s hormones different from men’s? What’s the biology of menstruation? What disorders are related to hormones and how are they managed?

Understand the Problems the Healthcare System Poses for Women

Dive into the U.S. Healthcare system and the particular challenges it poses for women. See how medicine, social issues and politics intersect with women’s health.

Discover the Science Behind Reproduction

Fertilization. Contraception. Lactation. Know the physiological stages women experience from conception to birth. Learn the hormonal changes that occur with the pill and other means of birth control.

Prepare for a Future in Women's Health or Advocacy

Topics covered in this course offer a good background for potential careers such as physician, nurse, diagnostician, biologist, psychologist, women’s health counselor, legislator, lawyer and social worker.

Final Project: Take a Stand on a Women's Health Issue

You will focus on a particular disease, present current policies affecting it, discuss problems that arise and propose a new approach. Make your case in a video or creative poster.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

Women's Health: Biology and Wellness

April 4 - May 2

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Women's Health: Biology and Wellness

May 2 - May 30

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 25, 2021

Women's Health: Biology and Wellness

June 13 - June 27

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 6, 2021

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.

Skills You Will Gain From This Course

  • You will be able to discuss the complexities surrounding women’s health in our society
  • You will comprehend the hormonal, reproductive and unique metabolic cycles of women
  • You will understand issues concerning diagnosis, treatment, vaccination and on-going care
  • You will know how to argue your case regarding women’s health issues backed by science
  • You will gain insight through video lectures by Brandeis University professors and receive guidance through live sessions with University mentors
  • You will be able to determine if a future in medicine or women’s health is right for you

3 Learning Advantages Designed For You

Final Project

The course culminates with a special project that allows you to: 

  • Demonstrate what you’ve learned in this course
  • Get feedback from mentors on your work
  • Create a video and a scientific poster to make your presentation

Mentoring

You’ll receive guidance from a Brandeis mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming on your topic to help you prepare for the final project

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online — works with your schedule
  • 25-30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
  • Asynchronous: you’ll learn through video lectures. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • Regular live group online sessions with a Brandeis mentor
  • Meet fellow students from around the world

Course Designed By

Professor Melissa Kosinski-Collins

PhD, Professor of Biology

Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins has been teaching in the Biology department for the last 13 years and won the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.  Professor Kosinski-Collins has designed courses for introductory STEM and non-STEM undergraduates, advanced Biology undergraduates and master’s level university students.  She is actively involved in the science education community, researching innovative pedagogy, retention methods, and inclusive strategies in the STEM classroom. 

Course Mentors

Kayla

Brandeis University graduate with a B.S. in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. Currently working as a Health and Behavior Coach at Transform Alliance for Health.

Hunter

Undergraduate student at Brandeis University studying Biology, Health: Science Society and Policy, and French.

Rachel

Undergraduate student at Brandeis University. Currently an active member of the Student Sexuality Information Services on campus, which provides peer support, sexual wellness products, and informational resources to the Brandeis community.

Sumana

Dr. Sumana Setty is a Brandeis University graduate with a double major in Biology and Neuroscience. She then went on to graduate from New York Medical College with an M.D. She spent two years teaching freshman biology at Concord Academy as a Wilcox Fellow and she worked as an instructor for the Neuroscience course at the Center for Talented Youth, a Johns Hopkins summer program. She’s currently a family medicine physician in her final year of residency in Lawrence, MA.

Rose

Rose

Brandeis University graduate with a B.A. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Theater Arts. Currently working as a Volunteer Program Associate at Food Link MA.

Abby

Abby

Undergraduate student at Brandeis University. Previously worked as a teaching assistant focused on neurodegenerative disorders and currently works as an EMT.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course.
  • You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

NOTE: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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