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Professional Development Offerings

2016 Week-long Summer Workshops

The Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences and the Great Diseases offer graduate-level courses each summer. Each course is content-focused and takes place as an intensive one-week training to provide you with the background to teach the selected disease module in your high school classroom.


Teaching Metabolic Disease: June 27-July 1st at the Teach for America campus in downtown San Francisco

Teaching Neurological Disorders: July 11-15th in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Teaching Cancer: July 11-15th at the Tufts Medical Campus in downtown Boston

Teaching Infectious Disease: July 18-22nd at the Tufts Medical Campus in downtown Boston

2016 One-Day Workshop

This summer we welcome Great Diseases alumni and newcomers to a new workshop developed to help you use case studies in your biology classroom. This workshop focuses on the interrupted case study as a pedagogical approach to bring authentic scientific practices and thinking to your students.

Teaching Biomedical Case Studies: August 8th at the Tufts Medical Campus in downtown Boston

Other PD Options:

Online Teaching Infectious Disease

  • Teaching Infectious Disease is offered online and can be taken for graduate credit. All teachers are welcome! This is a collaborative course created by Lesley University and Tufts Medical School. It is offered multiple times a year and can be taken for CEUs or graduate credits.

In person Teaching Infectious Disease courses at Bridgewater State

  • BIO 495: Topics in Physiology – Teaching Infectious Disease and BIOE 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Infectious Disease are offered for undergraduate and graduate credit respectively. These are collaborative courses created by Bridgewater State University and Tufts University School of Medicine. Either course can be taken in person Fall 2016 at Bridgewater State University.

 Online training with a scientist partner 

  • Did you miss the summer workshops but are interested in using Great Diseases materials? Personalized support is available by request. Fill out the form in the sidebar to connect with a scientist.